Dairy Drives connect NYS milk and cheese with families in need

Dairy Drive in Lowville

CCE’s ties to the dairy community are as deep and as strong as they ever were, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators are finding ways to connect the community with fresh and nutritious New York dairy products.

Dairy drive in Lowville

In Lewis County, CCE organized a dairy drive through in Lowville. The event, pulled together in just a week, distributed 500 gallons of milk plus dairy products donated from the American Dairy Association Northeast, Kraft Heinz, and the Adirondack Beef Company, to area families who lined up in vehicles at the Lewis County Fairgrounds. Black River Valley Naturals, Cummings Creamline Milk, and Widrick Electrical donated the use of refrigerated trucks to keep the products cold during the giveaway.

Dairy Drive in Lowville

In Allegany County, 4-H Project Clover has been coordinating with farmers to redistribute dairy where it’s needed most. Partnering with Barney Farms, CCE has been able to distribute bags of milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, buttermilk, string cheese, and yogurt to 250 families, and will be hosting a second dairy drive through in May.

But even when CCE isn’t leading the charge, our educators and staff are busy volunteering at other dairy drives in the state, like Madison County 4-H Youth Development Educator, Craig T. Brown. Brown has been volunteering at the SUNY Morrisville dairy drives. “As a volunteer, I have seen the outpouring of appreciation and community support for our dairy farmers,” said Brown. “As CCE educators, we must now do everything we can to ensure they are supported.”