New program to get milk to families
LEWISTOWN – The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Harrisburg Dairies, Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Center for Dairy Excellence, announced a new milk distribution program will take place throughout area food banks.
Brad Peterson, director of communications and marketing for the CPFB, said the process of implementing this program began last year.
“For six to eight months, we have been working with the Department of Agriculture to bring different parties together to get them to understand how important it was to get milk to families struggling with hunger,” he said.
Peterson said the program is necessary because they want to make sure families in need are able to have milk as part of their diet.
“Milk is one of those staples, it gives us great nutrition. Families will often do without milk if they are trying to stretch their food dollars and this program is designed to help get nutrition milk provides into families that are struggling with hunger,” he said.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is responsible for serving 55,000 residents of the state every week.
There are two ways people can access the milk. They can come pick it up from The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank or at local food pantries that are partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
In Huntingdon County, partnering food pantries include:
Salvation Army of Huntingdon,
Oasis of Love,
Immaculate Conception Pantry,
Grace Community Church,
Huntingdon County Drop in Center,
Huntingdon County School District Standing Stone CARE Program,
In Mifflin County, partnering food pantries include:
Abuse Network Inc.,
Calvary Bible Church,
Grace Covenant Church-The Hand of Grace,
Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs,
New Life Church,
Salvation Army Lewistown,
Supportive Concepts for Families,
United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA.
In Juniata County partnering food pantries include:
Arch Rock United Methodist Church,
Bread of Life Out Reach,
Fayette Area Lions Den,
Juniata County Food Pantry,
Juniata County Friendship Drop In Center,
PIU 11 Juniata County Head Start.
For more information about this program, contact The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank at 564-1700.