Didion Supports Community Through Food Drive and Hand Sanitizer Donations
Sun Prairie, WI
While Didion remains operational, many of our friends and neighbors have found themselves out of work or in need of hand sanitizer because of COVID-19.
In response to the pandemic, Didion retooled a portion of their ethanol production facility to manufacture hand sanitizer, which is in short supply during a period of high demand.
In just a few short weeks, Didion completed the needed facility changes and has donated 1,850 gallons of hand sanitizer to 60 area organizations, including school districts, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency services, who need hand sanitizer to keep people safe.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team at Didion,” said Riley Didion, President of Didion Milling. “Our team’s innovation and hard work, during a challenging time, made it possible for us to pivot and start producing alcohol for hand sanitizer. We are honored to have the opportunity to support the frontline workers in our communities through the donation of hand sanitizer.”
Over the last few weeks, Didion employees also collected more than 800 items for the Didion Strong Food Drive. They distributed the donations to three local pantries: Sunshine Place, Cambria Bread Basket Community Food Pantry, and Markesan Community Food Pantry.
“Supporting each other is in our DNA,” said Didion. “Whether through the products we help produce that are shipped across the world, or by collecting and donating much-needed items to help a neighbor in a time of need, our employees take great pride in knowing they are making a difference.”
The pandemic has increased the demand for food pantries, sometimes straining supply chains. That demand has created a challenge for food pantries as we head into summer when they traditionally see an increase in need with children home from school.
Didion encourages other local businesses to join the fight against hunger in our communities by holding food drives over the coming weeks.
Didion is home to North America’s newest and most-advanced dry corn mill and co-located ethanol/alcohol facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. A proprietary milling process allows Didion to select the best elements of each corn kernel for food processing, utilizing the remainder alcohol-based products, like hand-sanitizing liquid. Nurtured with 48 years of passion and technologies, Didion offers a full array of corn products, including brans, flours, grits, meals, pregelatinized ingredients, whole grain, and famine-relief aid. Also, Didion’s research and development team help customize products to meet customer-specific requirements.