MORRISVILLE — This pandemic is having a big impact on the dairy industry, which is a way of life for many in Central New York.
Ashley Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at SUNY Morrisville, her and friends had an idea on how they could help.
“We really wanted to do something for the community to give back, and at the same time we wanted to do something for the dairy industry, to highlight that so many dairy farmers are having to dump their milk because there is no place to send it right now,” said Marshall.
They decided to have a dairy drive thru where anyone in the community could come and get a variety of dairy products for free.
Last Friday was the first drive thru, and they had another this Friday.
The cars were lined up for over a mile.
Last week they gave away about 150 gallons of milk but after realizing the need in the community was so great, they got more.
This Friday they gave away at least one thousand gallons of milk.
“We thought we would probably be helping thirty to fifty families in the area that would come through, but no we never would of imagined how many people would show up for something like this,” said Marshall.
The volunteers are from SUNY Morrisville, the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation, and the Morrisville Eaton school district.
Gregory Molloy, the Superintendent of the Morrisville Eaton School District, says, “I want the community to know that we are all here together as one, providing an opportunity to support them during this terrible time.”
They gave out cheese, milk, and ice-cream, making these tough times just a bit easier.
CARRIE DESORDI- MORRISVILLE
Carrie Desordi is from Morrisville and she attended the drive thru.
“It is important for me because I have been on unemployment since November, so my finances are really tight,” said Desordi.
The drive thru helps to get these products to those who may not be able to go to the store right now.
“It is horrible that farmers have to throw all this stuff out, I would rather it go to people that could really use it,” said Desordi. “We do have a lot of low income families in this area, so I’m sure everyone is really thankful for this.”
They plan to have the drive thru every Friday for as long as they can, currently it runs from 4 pm to 6 pm, but times may change depending on the demand.