FOOD

Dairy Farms In New York Are Donating Unsold Milk To The Less Fortunate Instead Of Dumping It

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Have you ever thought about life without milk? Even if you no longer drink it straight, there’s a good chance that your kids do.

It’s also used in a bunch of recipes, from breakfast to baked goods. But unfortunately, it’s something that a lot of people are losing access to right now at the same time when farmers have an oversupply and, in many cases, have been forced to dump it out.

Some dairy farmers are using the oversupply as an opportunity to donate unused milk. The dairy farmers in Syracuse, New York, have been some of the biggest contributors to that cause. Any milk that is unsold is going directly to help feed the hungry.

Gina Lazara from the Salvation Army says it is one of the organizations accepting and distributing these generous donations. Since so many people have lost their jobs recently, the popular beverage has been harder to afford and buy in stores. However, as she pointed out, cows don’t know how to stop production — it’s natural. So for dairy farms with excess milk production, donation makes the most sense. That way, everyone can have access to something they need during these financially difficult times.

The milk is being delivered to families in need on a once-a-week basis. It’s a small gesture that ends up doing a lot of good. Not only is it a filling beverage, but it’s nutritious. It’s yet another reminder that kindness goes a long way.

Watch the video to see how much milk is being donated weekly.

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