Hunger Task Force receives remaining dairy from recently closed Golden Guernsey plant

CREATED Jan. 15, 2013

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  • The Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha was shut down on Saturday (Jan. 5). It supplied milk to schools and supermarkets. Image by Michael Sears

The Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha announced their sudden closing on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 111 employees were informed they were losing their jobs between Jan. 5 and Jan. 11.

Wednesday, the Hunger Task Force received confirmation that they will receive leftover dairy products that were going to be disposed of after the closing of the plant.

"When it was brought to the attention of Hunger Task Force that the plant was still full of product, the agency took action," said Dana Hartenstein with the Hunger Task Force.

The remaining Golden Guernsey product has been donated to Hunger Task Force and they have begun to distribute the milk to areas of need all over the state.

“It’s really great to be able to make a call and let a pantry know they’ll have real milk to give a family or to a meal program telling them they can serve fresh milk with supper," said Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force Executive Director. "With all of this dairy we are going to be able to reach out to communities all over the state and offer them something they don’t see very often. This is a good day.”

According to Hartenstein, the milk deliveries will continue through the week. They are also asking for help of any trucking companies that can spare a semi, straight truck or a driver for a day to help make the deliveries to areas that need help like Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse and Green Bay.

According to the the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the workers workers who were affected by the plant closure have access to "numerous services" to help them become re-employed.

Photo courtesy Michael Sears - Journal Sentinel