Prairie Farms donates 500 gallons of milk to Columbia food bank

3 years 1 day 17 hours ago Tuesday, June 16 2015 Jun 16, 2015 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 3:18:00 PM CDT June 16, 2015 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Prairie Farms donated 500 gallons of milk to The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Tuesday.

June is Dairy Month and Prairie Farms is donating a total of 11,000 gallons of milk to 22 food banks across the Midwest.

The 11,000 gallons of milk is equal to 176,000 servings.

Prairie Farms said citizens can also donate milk at the Milk Life website or by texting "Milk" to 27722. It costs as little as $5 and will go to a family who doesn't have regular access to milk. People can also enter their zip code to make sure the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in Columbia.

Prairie Farms' food bank partners will earn 10 cents for every milk cap redeemed through its "Our Caps, Your Cause" effort.

Throughout June, consumers can enter to win up to $1,000 in cash and prizes. Consumers also can vote for the food bank in their area to receive 1,000 bonus caps every week for being in the top 12.

(Photo: Food Bank employee Wes Coats working in the walk-in cooler. Each crate holds four gallons of fresh milk which will be distributed in Columbia and Jefferson City pantries this week. The milk is valued at more than $2,000, said Central Dairy Sales Manager Shannon Maloney.)

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