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Free Dairy Drive-Thru planned in Cortland County (audio)

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On this morning’s weekly COVID segment with the United Way for Cortland County:


Executive Director Christella Yonta called in once again to provide updates on the community’s response efforts during the ongoing pandemic.

Child Development Council continues to run baby supply drive-thru’s in both Cortland and Tompkins Counties for struggling families in need of formula and diapers.

Two drives have been held already, with another later this week and more planned over the coming weeks.

Additionally, Yonta revealed more details on an upcoming Dairy Drive-thru for the County, which is planned for this coming Monday (May 4) from 5-7 on the SUNY Cortland campus.

“Meghan Henry from Parks Family Farm has worked really hard to secure cheese, yogurt, and creamer for dairy bags – a variety of products all made from milk in support of local dairy farmers in our community,” Yonta said. “This is a time of year that they are normally gearing up for their local Ag breakfast and the dairy parade. I’m happy to be working with them to offer something supportive of our farmers and our community.”

Next week’s pickup will be at no cost whatsoever to residents, with most of the product donated by local dairy farmers.

Any community member in need can receive one free bag of dairy products per schedule distribution date, while supplies last.

Discussions are also taking place to potentially include local dairy products in the food boxes being delivered across the county by volunteers with Catholic Charities, Cortland Salvation Army and the Cortland County Highway Department.

Yonta says SUNY PD will work with local law enforcement to assist with traffic flow, in order for the event to run as efficiently as possible while abiding by safe social distancing protocols.

More info will be available for listeners by this Thursday morning.

Additionally, monetary donations are being accepted to the Cortland Cares COVID Fund by visiting United Way’s website.


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