More than 20,000 gallons of milk will make it onto the tables of New York families through this week’s milk drives. In addition to two gallons of milk, each family will also receive 20 pounds of dairy products thanks to American Dairy Association North East and local dairy processors, cooperatives and community groups.
Milk will be purchased from Dairy Farmers of America and Upstate Niagara Cooperative with government-funded grants through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). To-date, more than 700,000 gallons of milk have been distributed between CFAP, Nourish New York and the Dairy Farmers of American milk drives, which began in April.
Dairy farmer Paul Fouts of Fouts Dairy, Cortland, N.Y., volunteered at today’s milk drive at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, where they distributed more than 8,000 gallons of milk.
“As a dairy farmer, I don’t always see things like this – and fortunately, there are state and federal programs helping people here to get food, just something to feed their families,” said Fouts. “When my business is struggling to pay its bills, it’s easy to forget that it’s different than struggling on a personal level.”
To put in perspective the amount given away at the drive, he added, “we’re giving away about 8,000 gallons of milk today, which is how much milk we produce in a day and half.”
This week’s additional milk drives include:
- August 12 – Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, N.Y., 4,000 gallons
- August 12 – Drop-off to Salvation Army, Syracuse, N.Y., 4,000 gallons
- August 13 – Oswego County Fairgrounds, Sandy Creek, N.Y., 2,160 gallons
- August 13 – State University of New York, Canton, N.Y., 2,160 gallons
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.