8600 Gallons of Milk Donated to Help Boston-area Families by Dairy Farmers of America and its Massachusetts-area Farm Families
Drive up or walk up milk distribution to be held at Boston College High School, May 7 at 9 a.m.
BOSTON, May 7, 2020 – Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S. and its Massachusetts farm families are donating 8,600 gallons of milk to families in need in a milk drive up event at Boston College High School on Thursday, May 7, 2020 starting at 9 a.m. The Farmers Feeding Families event is co-sponsored by Vanguard Renewables in cooperation with H.P. Hood. Limit is 2 gallons of milk per car or walk up participant.
The coronavirus outbreak has brought challenges to many industries, including dairy. Due to restaurant and school closures, some farms have been left without a market for their milk. To help make good use of this surplus milk, DFA members in Massachusetts came together to donate it to people in need starting with the May 7 kick-off event. The Farmers Feeding Families DFA milk distribution will continue in Boston and in other Massachusetts cities while supplies are available.
“DFA farm members in Massachusetts wanted to get surplus milk from the collapse of the commercial-scale milk market out to people in need and reached out for our help to make this happen,” said John Hanselman, CEO of Vanguard Renewables. “Vanguard Renewables brought together a group with the help of Massachusetts State Representative Shawn Dooley to plan this first Massachusetts Farmers Feeding Families event, which will be followed by additional events in Boston and other Massachusetts cities.”
The event will kick off with a press conference at 8:30 a.m. with anticipated remarks from Governor Baker, Randy Jordan, Jordan Dairy Farms, MA State Representative Shawn Dooley, and John Hanselman, Vanguard Renewables CEO among others. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency along with volunteers from Vanguard Renewables will distribute the gallons of whole milk to cars and walk-up individuals with a 2-gallon per car or walk-up limit. All participants must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
“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 Marketing, Council Affairs and Industry Relations for DFA Northeast. “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.”
Participating organizations/individuals include: Dairy Farmers of America Massachusetts farm members, Massachusetts State Representative, Shawn Dooley, Vanguard Renewables, Boston College High School, H.P. Hood, Polar Beverages, Nitco, MA State Police, MA National Guard, and Boston Police.
Wellesley-based Vanguard Renewables is the national leader in the development of food and dairy waste-to-energy projects. The Company has a strategic alliance with Dairy Farmers of America. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national dairy marketing cooperative owned by more than 13,000 members on nearly 8,000 farms in 48 states. DFA has 34 member farms in Massachusetts, milking 4400 cows daily. H.P. Hood, based in Charlestown, is one of the largest U.S. food and beverage manufacturers.
Location: Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston
Time: Opens to Public: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or until milk is gone. First come, first served.
Limit: 2 gallons of milk per car or walk-up
People arriving in cars:
Cars will line up along Morrissey Blvd and will enter the donation site as directed by the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts National Guard, and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. People must stay in their cars and the milk will be brought to them and placed in their open trunk. Limit is 2 gallons of milk per car.
Walk up arrivals:
People arriving on foot will line up at the Morrissey Blvd. entrance to BC High and will be directed by the MA National Guard. Everyone must have a face covering and adhere to 6-foot social distancing guidelines. Limit of 2 gallons of milk per person.