Got milk? Dairy Farmers of America wants to make sure you do.
In an effort to assist those who are under financial strain due to the coronavirus pandemic, the national cooperative has donated 8,600 gallons of milk to an upcoming milk drive at Boston College High School. On Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until supplies last, Boston-area residents can procure up to two gallons of milk at the high school.
Anyone using a car for pickup can line up along Morrissey Boulevard to enter the donation site and follow instructions from the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts National Guard, and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. People must stay in their cars while the milk is brought out to them and placed in their open trunk. Those arriving on foot can line up along the Morrissey Boulevard entrance to BC High, where they will then be directed by the Massachusetts National Guard.
Everyone must wear a face covering and follow six-foot social distancing guidelines.
As COVID-19 led to the closure of restaurants and schools, many farms were faced with a dwindling market — and with a surplus of milk. DFA Massachusetts members came together to organize this event, which is part of Farmers Feeding Families, an organization that provides produce and employment through agriculture.
“As a dairy cooperative owned by family farmers across the country, we are dedicated to helping provide nutritious food for family tables,” said Jennifer Huson, senior director of marketing, council affairs, and industry relations for DFA Northeast, in a press release. “Knowing that millions of Americans are struggling right now to make ends meet and with food banks being a critical local resource to help feed these families, we knew that we had to help figure out a solution.”
Farmers Feeding Families milk drive at Boston College High School; 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston; Thursday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.