(RESTON, Va., updated March 27, 2020) Maola Local Dairies donated more than 100,000 half-pints of milk in the last two weeks to North Carolina and Virginia food banks.
“In these uncertain times we need to do all we can to help our community,” said Scott Garrett, National Accounts Manager with Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative. “We had product that would typically have gone to schools, and with the widespread closures due to coronavirus, this milk didn’t have a home.”
Maryland & Virginia tapped into its existing relationship with the Virginia food bank system to coordinate donations to the Feeding Southwest Virginia Food Bank, the Hampton Virginia Food Bank and Norfolk Virginia Food. The cooperative also made a donation to the Food Bank of Eastern/Central North Carolina.
The cooperative has been working with Virginia food banks since last March as part of the Milk for Good campaign. The co-op sells Maola branded 2% milk to five Virginia area food banks through this campaign offering patrons of food banks access to fresh milk and dairy products.
“This is a time for us all to come together, to work for the greater good of our communities,” Garrett said. “We’re very sensitive to the economic stress this public health crisis is causing in homes that are food insecure, and in this instance, we had the resources and capabilities to help out and do the right thing.”
Contact: Lindsay Reames, 804-370-4324