Thousands of New York families received 38,250 gallons of milk last week thanks to collaboration between ADA North East, local dairy companies and local community groups. More than 140,000 gallons were distributed in New York during National Dairy Month in June. Milk was purchased through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) from Dairy Farmers of America and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
Last week, drive-through events were held on Tuesday in Watertown, Herkimer and Fabius, and loads were distributed to schools and food banks in Long Island City, Oneida and Syracuse.
Dairy farmer Lisa Porter of Porterdale Farms, Adams Center, shared her experience after volunteering at the first event in Watertown two weeks ago.
“This is our community and whenever I have the opportunity to help out — especially when it involves families with children — the answer is always ‘yes,'” said Porter. “I was so impressed with the generosity of food and milk made available for those who so desperately need it, and with the organization of the event. We were able to load 10 cars every three minutes!”
If dairy farmers or community groups are interested in helping coordinate a large local milk drive, ADA North East may be able to help. Please visit the contact us page to request more information. ADA North East is available to help plan a distribution event including logistics, signage and promotion. Just fill out the form on the website and an ADA North East staff member will be in contact.