People helping people
As a co-operative, we share a focus to deliver a world leading infant formula to families around the world. Our commitment to families begins in the hearts, homes and farms of the people who generate our premium dairy goat milk – our shareholders.
“People helping people” aptly describes the work of St Vincent de Paul – or Vinnies as it’s known to friends – working alongside the community to help and support those in need.
The Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust began supporting Vinnies in 2018 through charitable donations to, and staff volunteering with, the Hamilton branch.
Nicola Locke, Chair of the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust says volunteering was initiated as DGC staff wanted to commit their own time towards doing something practical to help their local community.
“Each month, members of the DGC team devote several hours of their personal time to working on the Vinnies’ FullFill van delivering food and nourishing drinks to people in need around Hamilton. It’s an incredibly rewarding exercise and one which the team enthusiastically supports,” Nicola Locke said.
The General Manager of St Vincent de Paul, Mark Rolton, said “the financial support given to Vinnie’s by the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust has enabled us to provide a cooked breakfast to the homeless and hungry two mornings per week. Feedback we are getting from local food outlets is that, since we started the breakfasts, shop lifting has reduced which is yet another positive outcome for the community”.
“The Trust’s donations have also helped Vinnie’s reduce our fuel cost”.
“Having the Dairy Goat Co-operative staff go out on our night van is one way for the Co-operative to give back to the community in a positive manner, it also hopefully opens the eyes of the people on the van to the daily struggles many people experience,” Mark Rolton said.