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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 the Dairy Farmers of America, the Food Bank of Central New York, the Office of Legislator Robert Schrader and the Herkimer County Legislature, and community partners to facilitate the distribution of more than 4,000 gallons of milk and 25,000 pounds of meat and produce through a local drive-thru event. There will be 800 boxes each of meat (10 pounds/box) and produce (22 pounds/box). Vehicles will receive two gallons of milk and one of each box, while supplies last. Herkimer County will also be distributing 1,000 five-packs of cloth facemasks.

Milk and dairy foods are an important source of essential nutrients. Missed meals can lead to fatigue, reduced immune response, and long-term medical issues.

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 happen at the Herkimer Central School (801 W. German St., Herkimer, N.Y., 13350) on Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 10 a.m.