American Dairy Association North East partnered with New York dairy farmers and local businesses who donated milk, food and household items to families in need on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Watertown, N.Y.
Lisa Porter of Porterdale Farms, Adams Center, N.Y., and the Jefferson County Dairy Promotion team participated in the distribution event that served 500 families in one hour. They also assisted with several distributions last year in the county.
“This event was local people, farmers and businesses making direct donations to our local community because we care about our neighbors and we want people to have what they need,” said Porter.
Families received 1,000 gallons of milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America; dairy products from Cabot Cheese and Great Lakes Cheese; meat donated by Lucki 7 Livestock Company; and produce. In addition, Hannaford Supermarkets contributed $10 gift cards, tissues and toilet paper, and the United Way of Northern New York distributed hand sanitizer.
Porter participated in several media interviews related to the milk drive, including a pre-event interview on WWNY-TV in Watertown, explaining why dairy farmers support these distribution opportunities.
“Clearly, families’ need for daily essentials like milk and food continues to be a real concern in our local communities,” said ADA North East CEO Rick Naczi. “Dairy farmers joining forces with other local organizations to provide these necessities is really just ‘all in a day’s work,’ as they are committed to being good neighbors.”
Dairy farmers, working through ADA North East and its partners, have distributed more than 800,000 gallons of milk at more than 200 drive-through and drop-off events through the six-state region since April 2020.