4,300 Gallons of Milk to be Donated to Providence and Pawtucket Families in Need on May 27

PROVIDENCE, RI, May 27, 2020 – Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative, and its New England farm family members are donating 4,300 gallons of milk to families in need in a milk drive up event at McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, RI on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 starting at 9 a.m. The Farmers Feeding Families event is co-sponsored by Vanguard Renewables with participation from Guida’s Dairy, the State of Rhode Island, City of Pawtucket, PawSox, Station Row Apartments, Performance Physical Therapy, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, The Guild Pawtucket, Schroder’s Deli and Catering. Limit is 2 gallons of milk per car or walk up participant.

The coronavirus outbreak has brought challenges to many industries, including dairy. Access to food is a challenge for many in these times and DFA members in New England came together to donate milk to people in need. Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation will also provide yogurt to be distributed to walk up and drive up participants.

“DFA farm members in New England wanted to get milk to people who desperately need food and they asked Vanguard for help,” said Kevin Chase, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Vanguard Renewables. “For Vanguard Renewables, supporting the community is core to our mission so we were happy to make this Farmers Feeding Families milk donation event happen for Providence and Pawtucket residents.”

The event will kick off with a press conference at 8:15 a.m. with anticipated remarks from Rose Jones, Director, RI Office of Healthy Aging, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Kevin Chase, Co-founder, Vanguard Renewables, Mike Young, President of Guida’s Dairy and DFA Representative, Joe Bradlee, PawSox V.P Operations, and Ken Ayars, Chief of RI Division of Agriculture. Members of the Rhode Island National Guard and the Pawtucket Police Department along with volunteers from Vanguard Renewables and the other sponsoring companies will distribute the gallons of whole milk to cars and walk-up individuals with a 2-gallon per car or walk-up limit. All participants must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national dairy marketing cooperative owned by more than 13,000 members on nearly 8,000 farms in 48 states including Rhode Island.

“Our farm family members are dedicated to producing nutritious food and supporting the communities in which they live,” said Jen Huson. “We are pleased to be a part of this initiative that helps get food from our farms to the families who need it.”

Vanguard Renewables is the national leader in the development of food and dairy waste-to-energy projects. The Company has a strategic alliance with Dairy Farmers of America.

Public Event Details:

Date: May 27, 2020

Location: McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

Time: Opens to Public: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until milk is gone. First come, first served.

Limit: 2 gallons of milk per car or walk-up

People arriving in cars

Cars will line up along Columbus Avenue and will enter the donation site as directed by the Pawtucket Police and the Rhode Island National Guard. People must stay in their cars and the milk will be brought to them and placed in their open trunk. Limit is 2 gallons of milk per car.

Walk up arrivals

People arriving on foot will enter the McCoy Stadium site as directed by the Pawtucket Police and the Rhode Island National Guard. Everyone must have a face covering and adhere to 6-foot social distancing guidelines. Limit of 2 gallons of milk per person.

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