Thousands of free milk half gallons distributed

Lake County milk giveaway (WTAM)

(Mentor) - In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, United Way of Lake County distributed free fresh milk to those in need, including furloughed federal workers. 

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank received surplus of milk from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The Foodbank's Jessica Morgan says the purchase addressed one of the country’s significant challenges - hunger. She tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, in Lake County, nearly 1 in 9 people live with food insecurity.

Approximately 3,888 individual half-gallons of skim and 1% milk was available for distribution at the United Way of Lake County office on Progress Parkway in Mentor. 

Milk was handed out on a first come, first served basis. Residents had to bring a photo ID along with bags or boxes to carry the milk, and income eligibility guidelines applied. 

Representatives from the Greater Cleveland Food bank were on-site to help oversee client intake and the distribution process. Outreach staff were also available to help sign-up any families in need of SNAP benefits (Supplemental Food Assistance Program).

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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