This week, ADA North East is facilitating the distribution of nearly 40,000 gallons of milk as part of the more than 200,000 gallons slated for distribution during National Dairy Month. Dairy farmer Judi Whittaker of Whittaker Farms, Whitney Point, N.Y., along with Debbie Lawton and Chelsie Fuller of Lawton Jersey Farm in Middlefield, N.Y., participated in today’s event in Tioga County.
“When the pandemic first hit, it was shocking that people couldn’t get the food that we farmers were still producing because of the supply chain issues,” said Whittaker. “These families will now be able to stretch their food dollars that they would have spent on dairy to buy meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone was so appreciative today, and it feels good to know we could help them.”
Drive-through locations this week included:
- Utica College, Utica, N.Y.
- Oswego Speedway, Oswego, N.Y.
- Cerow Recreation Park, Clayton, N.Y.
- Tioga County Fairgrounds, Owego, N.Y.
Two additional New York deliveries and distributions are being made through the Salvation Army in Syracuse, and several food banks in Long Island City. The milk is made available through Nourish New York and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which is purchased from Dairy Farmers of America and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
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.