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More milk giveaways help meet continuing need in local communities

Two milk and food distribution events were held Tuesday, one in Herkimer and another in Waterville.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 3:53 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 3:59 PM

Two milk and food distribution events were held Tuesday, one in Herkimer and another in Waterville.

These are just the latest in a series of dairy giveaways, organized with help from the American Dairy Association North East and the Dairy Farmers of America.

Cars started lining up at Herkimer Central School at 10 a.m., and went on until more than 4,000 gallons of milk and 25,000 pounds of food were distributed.

The volunteers who packed the vehicles during the event, also handed out face masks.

Herkimer County Legislator Robert Shrader says the goal is to help residents who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It helps the people out there…that need a little help to get by each week and with the situation at hand, with the epidemic -- some stores not opening yet, some stores still closed…each and every individual has their own situation going on,” he said.

The other giveaway was held at Waterville Junior/Senior High School, also beginning at 10 a.m.

Volunteers at this event shared the same sentiment, prioritizing need in the community by continuing to hold these distributions. According to school employee Tracey Leone, hundreds of families benefit from the event.

“Waterville was able to secure 750 gallons of milk, which we picked up this morning…and previously we did two complete food drops, that contained over 20,000 pounds of food each time, and we served, each time, we served over 450 families,” she said.

Another Waterville food giveaway is planned for July, but an exact date has not yet been released.

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