Snack Pak Partners with Southwest Dairy Farmers and Elanco

Amarillo, Tex. August 21, 2012 Snack Pak 4 Kids (SP4K) is excited to announce that weekend snack packs provided to more than 3,000 food-insecure children in nine Texas panhandle school districts will now include shelf-stable milk. The addition is made possible through the support of Elanco and Southwest Dairy Farmers.

Snack Pack 4 Kids provides packs of non-perishable food to children identified by school staff as food-insecure, facing the possibility of missing meals for more than 60 hours while home for the weekend.

“ We are so grateful to the Southwest Dairy Farmers and Elanco for their partnership in providing the vital nutrition of dairy to these children facing hunger over the weekend,” said Dyron Howell, spokesman for the organization.

Elanco, a division of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, is a global food solutions and animal health company focused on animal sustainability and productivity. Elanco partnered with Southwest Dairy Farmers, an alliance of dairy farmers from six states that is committed to educating the public on the essential nutrition provided by dairy products. Together they provided $50,000 to include the shelf-stable milk in the packs for 38 weeks.

“Dairy is an absolutely critical element of a healthy diet for a child. Southwest Dairy Farmers is proud to support this very important effort by Snack Pack 4 Kids to ensure these children have the most balanced and nutritious meals possible,” said Jim Hill, General Manager for Southwest Dairy Farmers.

Snack Paks 4 Kids seeks to expand its outreach to other communities with children in need, including areas in West Texas. To learn more about Snack Paks 4 Kids and for opportunities to donate or sponsor, please visit .

About Snack Pak 4 Kids

Snack Pak 4 Kids (SP4K) is a 501(c)3 weekend backpack program that that provides nutritious snacks for students who live in food-insecure homes. School staff identifies students, and bags are discretely placed in backpacks to be sent home each Friday. Additional snack bags are sent home for siblings younger than school age. The organization serves more than 3,000 students in ten districts in the Texas Panhandle: Amarillo, Bushland, Clarendon, Dalhart, Fritch, Hereford, Lockney, River Road, Tulia, and Walcott.

SP4K partners with various programs and school districts for administration and infrastructure support, volunteer services, and backpack delivery. The program continues to grow and serve more children with the generous support of private donors and sponsorships from various corporations and churches.

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About Southwest Dairy Farmers

The Southwest Dairy Farmers is an alliance of dairy farmers from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These producers have pooled their resources to provide consumer education in nutrition, to promote dairy product use, and provide dairy product information.

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About Elanco

Elanco is a global innovation-driven company that develops and markets products to improve animal health and food animal production in more than 75 countries. Elanco employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, with offices in more than 40 countries, and is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a leading global pharmaceutical corporation. Additional information about Elanco is available at

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