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Through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C.F.A.P.), government-funded grants have been made available to food banks and community organizations to help provide much-needed food to those in need.
The American Dairy Association North East is working with Dairy Farmers of America, Glazier Packing Company, Herkimer County Community College, the Office of Legislator Robert Schrader and the Herkimer County Legislature and community partners and community partners to facilitate the distribution of more than 4,000 gallons of milk and 48,000 pounds of additional food through a local drive-thru event. There will be 1,200boxes each of produce and additional dairy items, each containing 20 pounds of products. Each vehicle will receive two gallons of milk and one of each box, while supplies last. Herkimer County will also be distributing 1,000 individual containers of hand sanitizer and 1,000 five-pack of cloth facemasks.
To ensure the safety and health of all involved in the distribution, there will be a drive-thru distribution process for this event. All drivers and passengers must remain in their vehicles and will be prompted to open their trunk to receive milk and products. If cars do not have a trunk, they will be prompted to open their window. Walk-ups will not be permitted. No registration or paperwork is required for this distribution.
The event will be held at Herkimer County Community College (100 Reservoir Rd., Herkimer, N.Y. 13350) on Thursday, July 30 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Milk and dairy foods are an important source of essential nutrients. Local dairy farmers are committed to producing wholesome, nourishing milk for families throughout the community.
During the month of June, ADANE collaborated with dairy companies and local community groups to distribute more than 200,000 gallons of milk. In July, ADANE is expecting to facilitate the distribution of another 200,000 gallons of milk.