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Union Bridge dairy farmer to appear on 'Good Morning America' to advocate for combating youth hunger

Akira Kyles
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

A Carroll County dairy farmer will appear on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to discuss her involvement in work to ensure children don’t go hungry while schools are out for the summer.

Katie Dotterer-Pyle, owner of Cow Comfort Inn Dairy in Union Bridge, will speak to a national TV audience about dairy farmers’ work with partners like Feeding America toward that end during June, National Dairy Month.

“The point about this is summer meals for kids because during the summer months, a lot of kids do not get meals or nutrients that are in those meals because school is out,” Dotterer-Pyle said. “One in six kids in the U.S. faces hunger, and the problem is really complicated in the summer months because they don’t have the school lunches or the school breakfast that are implemented in the school.”

Dotterer-Pyle will be on the show alongside Laila Ali, the former professional boxer who “has been working with Feeding America for some time now,” Dotterer-Pyle said.

According to Dotterer-Pyle, the segment will be about four minutes long. It will air on ABC between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

As part of the National Dairy Month programming, a multivehicle Real Love Convoy will embark on a cross-country tour to raise awareness for childhood hunger, according to the news release. Dotterer-Pyle will be representing the North East region of the American Dairy Association in the convoy — just the latest of her advocacy efforts.

“I’ve done a lot in the past — I’m kind of like a spokesperson for the dairy industry,” Dotterer-Pyle said. “So, I’ve done a lot of things in the past social media-wise. I just really try to get out there and engage consumers in what we do on the farm and about dairy products because there’s so much misinformation from other anti-ag groups.”

She was raised on a dairy farm as a child and has worked the job since then. She commonly tells people, “I haven’t had a day off since I was 8 years old.”

That advocacy for the dairy industry is what got her on the show.

“Katie has a passion for advocating for dairy farms,” said Christina Crews, a spokeswoman for the American Dairy Association North East. “She makes time frequently to talk with consumers about the lives of farmers and what they do for their communities. She was the perfect choice to go to New York City to participate in the Real Love Convoy.”

According to an American Dairy Association news release, Dotterer-Pyle is just one of the many farmers whose actions will aid in feeding hungry children this summer from coast to coast.

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