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TVS continues to surge with INDM production for 297 foodbanks across the U.S.

TVS continues to surge with INDM production for 297 foodbanks across the U.S.

Reflecting back on the last year and a half, TVS has packaged and shipped over 35 million household bags of Instant Nonfat Dry Milk (INDM) to 297 food pantries across the U.S., Guam, and Puerto Rico. This has been in response to the USDA’s fight to help combat rising food insecurities worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is because of TVS’s dedicated workforce that this local nonprofit organization has been able to meet the growing demands of the USDA’s programs and deliver to individuals in need across the country.

“Our employees have been integral in allowing us TVS to meet the unusually high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said TVS CEO Jamie Brandenburg. “Our employees readily adjusted schedules and their lives to accommodate additional production requirements which included an extended period of overtime and disruptions in their families.”

It is because of their efforts that we have been able to rise to the occasion and supply the desperately needed INDM to food pantries, while also responding to emerging requests from the USDA to expedite orders for pantries that were critically low.”

As the pandemic essentially shut down the U.S. in early 2020, TVS began receiving surge order requests of INDM from the USDA. In 2020 alone, TVS shipped enough INDM to make almost 20 million gallons of fresh fluid milk for households across the US.

Now, TVS has shipped 35 million bags of INDM between 2020-2021 with the possibility of more orders before the end of the year. This will make around 35 million gallons of fluid milk for domestic households when rehydrated.

This breaks down to a total of 937 truckloads of INDM that have been shipped or are scheduled to be shipped to food pantries across the U.S. This is over 14 thousand tons of powdered milk.

“This surge in foodbank demand has been unprecedented for TVS. Overall it has risen 60-70% over these last two years, and we are very appreciative to be able to participate in these nationwide food relief efforts,” said TVS VP of Business Development and Marketing Beth Rich.

Prior to the pandemic, America had the lowest food insecurity rate in the last 20 years. However, since the pandemic began, the number of people living with food insecurities jumped by 10 million people to an estimated 45 million, with 15 million being children. This is 22-38 percent of U.S. households.

“We are very fortunate with the federal government’s response to this situation,” said Rich. “Not all countries have had this same outcome, and their projections for food insecurity are actually going up and not down.’’ 

Currently, the USDA and the U.S. government continue to invest in lowering the affects of food insecurities. TVS is proud of our legenDAIRY employees that dedicate their work hours to continue packaging and shipping INDM for food aid.

‘No Limits’ Holiday Art Sale

‘No Limits’ Holiday Art Sale

During the week of November 11, ‘No Limits’ artists of the TVS Life Skills and INTERACT programs held an art sale. The holiday sale featured paintings, furniture, ornaments, and more. Proceeds from every sale go directly to each artist, with a small percentage going back into the art supply fund.

The holiday sale was a huge hit with TVS employees and community members. Participants are already creating new pieces for an offsite holiday art sale at the Color Wheel Art Gallery at 173 King Street in Brevard. Showing the week of December 2, as well as, during the Brevard Holiday Art Festival on December 7 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Written by Jenifer Welch

TVS Committed to Living Wage Certification

TVS Committed to Living Wage Certification

It has been a year since Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) became the 55th business in Transylvania County to be Living Wage Certified by The Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County (LWCTC). TVS is the second largest living wage certified employer in the county.

TVS joined over 50 other businesses in Brevard and is looking to be reevaluated in 2020. The LWCTC requires businesses to recertify every two-years.

“We wanted to be living wage certified as a way to show our commitment to our employees,” said TVS CEO Jamie Brandenburg.

To learn more about TVS’s Living Wage Certification read our Living Wage Press Release.