- Melinda Murphy
The nation's largest supermarket chain is making sure that surplus milk from America's dairy farmers won't go to waste. It's donating 200,000 gallons of milk to food banks.
Kroger said that it will direct the milk to Feeding America food banks and community organizations through the end of August. That's good news for both dairy farmers and families in need.
With businesses such as restaurants and hotels forced to close due to the pandemic, the milk would have spoiled.
Dairy farmers across America are being forced to dump milk due to a lower demand. An estimated 2.7 million to 3.7 million gallons of milk could be dumped per day as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an estimate by the Dairy Farmers of America, a major dairy cooperative.
Why dairy farmers across America are dumping their milk The initiative is part of Kroger's "Dairy Rescue Program," which expands a partnership between the company and its dairy suppliers to ensure that food-insecure communities are getting the milk they need.