New York Dairy Farmers Provide Milk, Food to 500 Families in One Hour

Author: Jean Kummer | January 08, 2021

New York Dairy Farmers Provide Milk, Food to 500 Families in One Hour

Photo: Dairy farmer Lisa Porter (left) stands with Jefferson County Agriculture Coordinator Jay Matteson (right) and son Nate Matteson (left) at Watertown milk and food distribution.

Lisa Porter of Porterdale Farms, Adams Center, N.Y., along with the Jefferson County Dairy Promotion team, participated in a milk and food distribution in Watertown, N.Y., on Wednesday. Families received 1,000 gallons of milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America; dairy products from Cabot Cheese and Great Lakes Cheese; meat donated by Lucki 7 Livestock Company; and produce.

In addition, Hannaford Supermarkets contributed $10 gift cards, tissues and toilet paper, and the United Way of Northern New York distributed hand sanitizer.

“This event was local people, farmers and businesses making direct donations to our local community because we care about our neighbors and we want people to have what they need,” said Porter.

Porter participated in several media interviews related to the milk drive, including a pre-event interview on WWNY-TV in Watertown, explaining why dairy farmers support these distribution opportunities.

Other dairy farmer participants included Peggy Murray of Murcrest Farm in Copenhagen, N.Y., and Todd Hyman of Hylight Farms LLC, Adams, N.Y.

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Photo: Dairy farmer Todd Hyman and daughter and Jefferson County Dairy Princess Elizabeth Hyman work with volunteers at milk and food distribution.

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Photo: Jefferson County Dairy Princess Elizabeth Hyman and Alternate Dairy Princess Esther Zumbach help distribute milk and dairy foods.

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 or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.