ENOSBURG FALLS: At a time when many Americans are facing unprecedented hardships as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance along with Dairy Farmers of America, Bourdeau Brothers and Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire are working to provide nutritious dairy products to Vermont families in need.
By working together, the organizations had planned to host two separate giveaways on May 8, 2020, in Middlebury and St. Albans, Vt. From 12 pm – 3 pm more than 4,000 gallons were available for pick up at Bourdeau Brothers Middlebury – 88 Seymour Street Middlebury, VT 05753, and at the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Store – 138 Federal Street St. Albans, VT 05478 until supplies last.
With extra milk to give away after their event yesterday in St. Albans, the organizers have setup in Enosburg Falls this morning to give the rest away.
This was made possible by the donation of milk from Dairy Farmers of America.
Enosburgh’s event will take place in front of Bates Farm & Home on Depot Street, and will end when they run out of milk.
“Every day, Vermont dairy farmers work hard to provide our neighbors with nutritious dairy products. Across the nation, the number one requested item at food shelves continues to be milk however it is the least received due to its perishable nature. At a time when people need it most, I felt we should do whatever possible to help,” said Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director of Vermont Dairy Producer’s Alliance.
Currently, dairy processors find themselves with a surplus of milk due to the decline in food services such as restaurants and school cafeterias. Instead of letting the milk go to waste, the sponsors listed are working together to get that milk back into the homes of Vermont families.
“As a dairy cooperative owned by family farmers across the country, we are pleased to partner with our members in Vermont to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Jennifer Huson, Senior Director of Marketing, Council Affairs, and Industry Relations for DFA Northeast.
“As a family farm, we take our role in the community seriously and wanted to be sure we were doing our part to support our neighbors,” explained St. Pierre.
Organizers request that families drive up and stay in their cars while volunteer members from Pleasant Valley Farms and Bourdeau Brothers place the gallon of milk in their trunk to abide by CDC recommended safety protocols for social distancing. Any remaining milk will be donated to local food shelves that have been previously contacted.