The IDFA Foundation seeks to make an important contribution to people and communities on behalf of the U.S. dairy industry by providing grants to support individuals and organizations working to advance human health and nutrition, improve environmental stewardship and sustainability, and enhance the welfare of people working in food manufacturing. Established in 1958 as the Dairy Recognition and Education Foundation, today the IDFA Foundation promotes the health and well-being of people, communities, and our planet on behalf of U.S. dairy.
The IDFA Foundation provides grants and awards to support individuals and organizations working to advance human health and nutrition, improve environmental stewardship and sustainability, and enhance the welfare of people working in food manufacturing. A summary of the IDFA Foundation’s recent grants and awards is below. For more information on how to partner with or learn about the work of the IDFA Foundation, please contact the Foundation staff at email@example.com.
Nutrition, Health and Wellness: The IDFA Foundation provides grants to reduce hunger, improve food security, and help families access healthy, affordable nutrition.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: The IDFA Foundation provides grants to support solutions, innovations, and ideas that advance the food, beverage and agriculture industry’s commitments toward environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive Workforce and Developmental Opportunities: The IDFA Foundation provides grants to support efforts to attract and retain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce within the food, beverage, and agriculture industry, as well as opportunities for education, training, and accreditation.
2023 – Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS): The IDFA Foundation presented an initial grant of $30,000 to MANRRS to establish the IDFA Foundation Future Fund, a collaboration between MANRRS and dairy companies that helps make career opportunities in the dairy industry available to MANRRS students engaged in or recently graduated from college, graduate school, or technical school. The Future Fund offers stipends to MANRRS students who are fulfilling an internship or career pathways program with a dairy processing company operating in the United States.
2022 – Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: The IDFA Foundation presented a contribution of $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank to provide nourishing food to those in need in Central Florida following Hurricane Ian. IDFA Foundation’s contribution made it possible for the food bank to provide over 20,000 meals to individuals in Central Florida facing hunger.
2022 – Edesia Nutrition: The IDFA Foundation presented a grant of $28,100 to Edesia Nutrition for sourcing and/or transporting U.S. dairy products used by Edesia in the manufacture of nutrient dense, ready-to-use foods (RUFs) to help treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations. When awarded, the grant supported approximately four truckloads of dairy ingredients used in the manufacture of RUF products.
The IDFA Foundation effectively manages its endowment to make grants and awards exclusively to 501(c)3 entities that are aligned in our mission. The IDFA Foundation, formerly the Dairy Recognition and Education Foundation, applied to the IRS in early 2023 to transition from a private foundation to a 501(c)3 public charity and, once confirmed, will be able to accept support from a number of qualified organizations and individuals, including companies, foundations and philanthropies, state and federal governments, and individuals.
IDFA Foundation Completes First Fiscal Year with Grants to Reduce Food Insecurity and Improve Diversity in Dairy Processing
For more information on how to partner with or learn about the work of the IDFA Foundation, please contact the Foundation staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.