The Food Bank of Central New York, which covers Cortland County, received a check for over $6 thousand dollars Monday. The money will be used to help low-income residents and local food pantries to purchase milk.
Representatives with the American Dairy Association and the Food Bank joined local Dairy farmer Mike McMahon at his EZ Acres Dairy in Homer yesterday to present the check.
Beth Meyer with the Dairy Association says the money was raised during the Great American Milk Drive, which is a partnership between farmers and dairy processors to help increase milk donations at food banks across the country.
95% of food banks suffer from a lack of perishable food donations like milk. Food banks receive on average enough milk donations to provide a family one gallon of milk per year.
During this year’s New York State Fair, the Dairy Association ran a promotion at the popular Dairy Bar where patrons purchasing a 25 cent cup of milk could donate to help provide milk for local food pantries.
Kathleen Stress heads of the Food Bank of Central New York she says the funding is critical to providing a balanced meal for struggling local families.
The Food Bank of Central New York Covers and 11 County Region.