Helping our Communities: USDA’s Milk Donation Reimbursement Program


Congress created the Milk Donation Reimbursement Program as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The goals of this program are to reduce food waste and provide nutrition assistance to low-income families and individuals. Under the program, eligible dairy organizations partner with non-profit organizations in their communities that distribute food to low-income individuals. The program reimburses qualifying partnerships for certain expenses related to fluid milk product donations.


Emily DeBord, Senior Marketing Specialist in the Promotion, Research and Planning Division of USDA’s AMS Dairy Programs, will explain how the Milk Donation Reimbursement Program works and how IDFA’s members can participate.

Please join us on March 18th to learn how your organization can use this program to help provide nutritious fluid milk products to low-income families in the communities you serve.

Emily DeBord is a senior marketing specialist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Promotion, Research, and Planning Division. In her current position, Emily is responsible for the oversight of the Fluid Milk Processor Education Program, more commonly known as MilkPEP. This program finances and develops a coordinated program of promotion and research to improve the competitive position of and to expand markets for fluid milk products in the United States. Emily also administers the Milk Donation Reimbursement Program, designed to encourage eligible dairy organizations to partner with non-profit organizations and provide nutrition assistance to low-income individuals. Emily began her career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2005 in the Livestock and Poultry Program, working on the Beef, Pork, Soybeans, Sorghum, Eggs, and Lamb research and promotion programs.



Emily grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys biking, reading, traveling, going to Nats games, and playing with her terrier mix, Fitzgerald. Emily currently resides in Reston, Virginia.

Registration fees for this webinar are based on your company's IDFA membership status. For more information about membership, please email

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