Dept. of Agriculture, State Milk Board ask grocery stores to stop milk limits
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Agriculture and the State Milk Board wrote an open letter Monday asking grocery stores remove customer limits on buying milk.
They said the milk processors in Missouri are delivering 100% of the orders being placed now and are ready to fill more. They said it is important we all do our part to ensure our Missouri farmers thrive.
The department said in the letter that two of the most critical markets for milk and dairy products, schools and restaurants, were affected by COVID-19. When schools across the state closed and restaurants decreased their dine-in services, the organizations said milk processors were able to divert the milk supply from those two outlets to grocery stores.
The organizations said that it was done to practice social distancing and protect communities, but grocery store demand also rose.
The letter also said that the Missouri dairy industry contributes $2 billion to the state's gross domestic product and 23,000 jobs.