New York Dairy Ambassador Gabby Taylor represented the state’s dairy farmers and ADA North East at the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard in Victor, N.Y., this week to provide milk and a cooler so local families have access to fresh, cold milk for the upcoming Easter holiday and beyond.

Milk is one of the most requested items by families visiting food banks, but because of storage issues, it’s rarely donated. This pilot program through a Feeding New York State “Boundless” grant, Foodlink and ADA North East will provide a total of 500 gallons of milk to be distributed every other week to the Food Cupboard, starting in late March and ending in early-May. The Food Cupboard serves more than 150 individuals each week.

In addition to the milk, we provided the cooler, which can hold 144 half gallons – or 16 crates – of fresh fluid milk. This cooler is one of six that will be provided to organizations throughout New York State, as part of an effort to increase the ease of donating and providing dairy products to families in need.

“It was an honor to represent New York’s dairy farmers, who have always been committed to nourishing their communities,” said Taylor. “The milk donated through this program will end up in the hands – and refrigerators – of local families, providing them a wholesome source of protein, Vitamin D and calcium, as well as other nutrients.”