On this morning’s weekly COVID segment with the United Way for Cortland County:
Executive Director Christella Yonta praised the many members of the community who came together to make yesterday’s drive-thru dairy giveaway a huge success.
In total, some 900 vehicles came through the event on SUNY Cortland’s campus, where just short of 3,000 gallons of milk was donated by the Dairy Farmers of America, which was processed by Cornell Dairy.
Any leftover milk will go out during the week with food box deliveries this week.
“I’m headed to deliver 30 gallons of milk to Salvation Army this morning, so if you’re signing up for those deliveries you’ll be getting those,” said Yonta during this morning’s segment. “I have to thank SUNY Cortland University Police for their great help organizing the traffic flow and their collaboration with the County Sheriff, DOT and Cortlandville Fire. ASC of SUNY Cortland was also a big partner with logistics as well.”
Yonta says United Way is partnering with Cortland County and the American Dairy Association to accept another delivery of milk for food programs later on this month, as well.
A number of community partners also helped make yesterday’s event possible.
Trinity Valley kept the donated products cold in a nearby truck. Meghan Henry from Park Family Farm picked up dairy products from Byrne Dairy, Great Lakes Cheese, Chobani, Kraft, Cabot, and Upstate Farms.
Henry’s friends from the Dairy committee and NFO also filled 500 bags with sliced cheese, yogurt, chocolate milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheese sticks, and half and half.
Helping move and pass out the products were volunteers from Cortland Noon Rotary, Breakfast Rotary and the Community Services Club, along with the YMCA, CAPCO and local farm families.
Several city Aldermen and county legislators also lended a hand, with others from Seven Valleys Health Coalition and United Way Volunteers.
Additionally, the Cortland Cares COVID Fund has no officially surpassed its $25k fundraising goal.
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