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Las Vegas-area milk supplier donates thousands of gallons to food banks

Posted at 2:19 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 03:21:42-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Milk producers and suppliers have been struggling since the beginning of coronavirus induced closures to find a place to sell thousands of gallons of milk as businesses and schools close up shop.

Dairy Council of Nevada Chief Nutritionist Jake Yarberry said many production facilities risked dumping large amounts of the product if they didn't find a place to reach a thirsty customer.

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"You can't stop milking a cow," he said, "it's a perishable item, so it can't be stored for long, long periods of time."

Yarberry said Ponderosa Dairy in Nye County, NV decided to find a place for their product and help people in need all in one move.

Through the Dairy Council of Nevada, Ponderosa Dairy was able to donate thousands of gallons of milk to Three Square food bank in Las Vegas which serves hundreds of out-of-school kids daily meals.

"That's what's so great about this partnership, is that Ponderosa was able to to give this milk to the people that need it, instead of just leaving it on the table."

The milk helped people like Phoebe Lim who waited in long lines for food at places like Marc Kahre Elementary School.

"I work for MGM and I was laid off and we're a family of six, and that's why I'm here," she said.

Lim said the weekly 2,500 gallon donations were great for families like hers trying to make ends meet.

"I think it's really awesome, and it's a big staple for a lot of families with kids, so I thank them for it."

Yarberry said the donations would continue through May 23rd.

He said they could be extended past that date, but details were not set in place.

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