Grassland donates powdered milk to Peru orphanage

posted Dec. 18, 2017 10:31 a.m. (CDT)
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A shipment of more than 40,000 pounds of powdered milk is on its way to Peru, where it will provide much needed nourishment to thousands of orphans in the Lima area. The entire cost of almost $40,000 is covered entirely by donations. What is unique about this shipment is that Grassland Dairy of Greenwood, the provider of the non-fat dry milk powder, donated half the cost of the product.

What prompted this donation was fact that roughly half of a previous shipment of powdered milk was stolen at gunpoint. 

 “When we learned about this robbery, we saw this as an opportunity for Grassland to step forward to replace what had been stolen. It just seemed like the right thing to do — especially with Christmas so close,” said Trevor Wuethrich, president of Grassland.

This program, called “Project Milk” is not new. An effort has been under way for more than 30 years to ensure an ongoing supply of milk is available to the orphans of Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II, an orphanage sponsored by the Diocese of La Crosse. Since 1984, the Diocese of La Crosse has supplied more than 500 tons of powdered milk to orphans through Project Milk, a program of the Diocesan Rural Life Committee.

It costs about $85 to buy and ship one 50-pound bag of powdered milk to Peru. All funds have come from donations within the Diocese, with parish women’s groups being one of the biggest benefactors. According to Dan Kitzhaber, bishop’s liaison to the Rural Life Committee, never before has a donation this large been given.

For questions concerning Project Milk, contact Dan Kitzhaber at

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