The Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard is partnering with Foodlink and local dairy farmers to distribute 500 half gallons of milk through early next month.
Milk is one of the most requested items by food pantry customers, but storage issues make it difficult to distribute. Local dairy farmers, through American Dairy Association North East, have provided the Food Cupboard with a cooler that can hold 144 half gallons of 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.
New York State Dairy Ambassador Gabby Taylor, from Newark, was on hand this week to help prepare for the Food Cupboard’s upcoming Easter giveaway. “It’s an honor to be here 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.” The Food Cupboard serves over 150 individuals each week.
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