Breakfast Blitz

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Now through February 17, 2013, every milk purchase you make can help local schools win grants to support breakfast programs and give you a chance to win prizes! Register for Got Milk?’s Breakfast Blitz, enter your milk’s UPC code, and vote for your favorite local school.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical education program that empowers kids to lead by example and find fun ways to eat healthy, stay active and inspire healthy changes in their schools. Schools can use breakfast grants from Fuel Up to Play 60 to start breakfast programs, build smoothie stations, and make other positive changes in the classroom.

And you can also win individual prizes like a $200 gift card to, free milk for a year, or tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl!

Check it out and register to play the Breakfast Blitz at

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Elmhurst Dairy employees delivered over 50,000 half pints of chocolate milk along with 1,000 quarts of whole milk to the Upper Room Gospel Baptist Church in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Through the good work of City Harvest, they will be delivered to residents of Coney Island suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.


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Many thanks to Bishop William Bennett for helping us coordinate the donation.

Additionally, Elmhurst volunteers handed out over 20,000 half pints of chocolate milk at a distribution center in the Rockaways to long lines of citizens looking for help, and delivered milk to two senior homes in Far Rockaway.

Astoria Park Shore Fest

Elmhurst Dairy, Queens, Astoria, park, shore fest, Hellsgate Bridge, milk, restored, vintage, truck, Divco, buy local, dairyWe had a great time at Astoria Park Shore Fest’s “Taste the Neighborhood” on Sunday, August 12th! The Astoria Park Shore Fest is an event that brings the NYC Department of Transportation’s successful Summer Streets program to the Western Queens Waterfront for three weekends in August each year.

It was a beautiful day along the water, and we brought out our restored antique Divco milk truck for the event to hand out cold half-pints of milk. Kids posed for photos with the truck and many older park goers reminisced about the days of home delivery in NYC!


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The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Foundation Fighting Blindness, blindness, foundation, Elmhurst DairyIf you are a regular buyer of our cartons of milk, you may have recently noticed a new side panel featuring an important message from the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is dedicated to funding innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases that lead to blindness and affect more than 10 million people in the United States. It’s a cause close to the heart of one of our store owners, and we are happy to help spread the word about this organization and its mission.


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Our Resident Chef

Our inventory manager, Pete Cavanaugh, and his adorable daughter Emily were featured in the “Who’s Cooking” column of the Long Island Newsday on July 2nd! Pete loves to cook at home and has been known to make lunch for folks at the plant (if you’re lucky). Check out his great summer recipe for “beer can chicken” on the grill and let us know if you give it a try!

Read the article in Newsday.



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Sundae on the Farm with David Wood

Eildon Tweed Farm, David Wood, Sundae on the Farm, Elmhurst Dairy, buy local, local, New York, NYC, NY, milk, dairy, cows, farmOn Father’s Day, June 17th, Elmhurst Dairy farmer David Wood hosted Saratoga County’s 17th Annual “Sundae on the Farm.” The event included free tours of the farm, a farmer’s market, food demos from local chefs, wagon rides, and live music. Watch this video for a peek at Eildon Tweed Farm and one of our featured farmers!

For more information about Saratoga County agriculture, please visit

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Sewanhaka High School Production of Les Miserables

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Amanda Rivera in "Les Miserables"

Elmhurst Dairy was excited to show our support as a booster for Sewanhaka High School’s production of “Les Miserables” which was performed on March 30th and 31st.


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School Lunch Fundraiser with Chef Bill Telepan

International Association of Culinary Professionals, IACP, conference, Culinary Trust, Wellness in the Schools, school lunch, milk, dairy, half pint, healthy, school, food, local, Bill Telepan, fundraiserElmhurst Dairy was pleased to be invited to participate in a fundraiser on Sunday, April 1st at the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference in New York. Held at the renowned International Culinary Center in Manhattan, Chef Bill Telepan worked culinary magic to prove how good a public school lunch can taste despite the constrictions of nutritional guidelines and a miniscule budget. Our half-pints of milk were an authentic accompaniment to the healthy meal!

The fundraiser proved to be both a delicious meal and a conversation about how and what children are fed. (more…)

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Happy 94th Birthday, Al!

Elmhurst Dairy, anniversary, birthday, Al YaxisThis week we celebrated Al Yaxis’s 94th birthday and 42nd anniversary with Elmhurst Dairy! After all this time, Al still comes into work every Monday and Friday to review the workings of the plant and provide regulatory reports to Elmhurst Dairy’s family owner, Henry Schwartz.

As he says, “I’ve been doing the same thing for 42 years and never a dull moment!”

If you can manage to tear Al away from his work, you might get him to tell you a story about guarding air force bases via ski patrol when he was in the army during World War II or the years he spent designing and building his own sailboat (which he still takes out on his own). Everyone at Elmhurst is extremely fond of Al and grateful for his dedication to keeping things running smoothly year after year.

Happy Birthday, Al!

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Visit from NYU Food Studies Class

Gastropolis, Elmhurst Dairy, Joy Santlofer, NYC, food studies, New York City, milk, dairyAt the NYC Food Manufacturers Business Expo & Networking Event last fall, we met professor Joy Santlofer from the New York University Food Studies Program. She contributed to the book “Gastropolis: Food and New York City” from Columbia University Press and recently got back in touch with us about a class she is teaching on urban food manufacturing.

On Feb. 1st, we were happy to host her class of 12 graduate students at the Elmhurst Dairy plant for a tour as well as a question and answer session with our general manager, Jay Valentine. They asked many thoughtful questions about the difficulties of urban food production and operating in such a huge metropolitan area.


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