US Senator Chuck Schumer has called on the US Department of Agriculture to take action on the national milk carton shortage hitting dairy farmers and schools in New York and states across the country.
Schumer is urging the USDA to ensure that dairy farmers in New York have the technical support they need to get through the shortage. He’s also calling on the organization to work with industry leaders to devise creative solutions to get milk to our school lunchrooms, and to investigate the shortage to stop disruptions like this from happening in the future and minimize downstream impacts. Schumer explained there is currently a nationwide shortage of half-pint milk cartons impacting New York’s dairy industry. He adds that while there isn’t a shortage of milk, there is a supply chain problem with the cardboard cartons that’s inhibiting the ability of suppliers to provide milk to schools as well as other customers in New York State and across the country.
Schumer says now is the time for the USDA to work with industry and dairy farmers to find solutions to this ongoing issue.