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Milk giveaway set for Saranac Lake on Saturday

Amy Gokey of Burke, who was crowned Franklin County dairy princess on June 5, helps distribute milk June 13 outside Saranac Lake High School. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

SARANAC LAKE — There will be a free milk, dairy and produce giveaway on Saturday at Saranac Lake High School parking lot, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to come; there are no economic or need requirements.

The goods are being delivered from farmers to families in Franklin County by Glazier’s Food and Beverage Distributors of Malone, paid for by a grant Glazier’s received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. The Rotary Club of Saranac Lake serves as local nonprofit sponsor.

Each family can get up to six gallons of milk, a 13-pound box of dairy products and a 20-pound box of produce while supplies last. The produce box has vegetables and fruit such as onions, potatoes, lettuce and apples. The dairy box has sour cream, cottage cheese, string cheese and yogurt, plus milk.

Patrons do not get out of their cars. They enter from Canaras Avenue, pull up to the trucks outside the high school auditorium and open their trunks, and volunteers put the boxes and gallons of milk into their car’s trunk or back seats. Masks are worn at all times. Hand sanitizer is available for folks who help and who come for milk.

Saanac Lake village Trustee Rich Shapiro and his wife, Franklin County Legislator Lindy Ellis, D-Saranac Lake, are coordinating this event. If you are willing to help unload trucks at 8:30 a.m., volunteer by calling Shapiro at 518-354-3102.

Hundreds of local families took advantage of the first milk and dairy giveaway in Saranac Lake June 13. The Saranac Lake Central School District had many volunteers helping give milk to families, and the Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake helped get food to those who are shut-ins or are less mobile.

Milk can be frozen and be good for 3 to 6 months. It’s recommended to take a cup of milk out of the container, put the lid back on and then freeze the milk, to allow for expansion.

For those in town of Franklin, there will be a second milk, dairy and produce giveaway there on Saturday, July 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Franklin Town Hall, Vermontville. To volunteer, contact town Supervisor Dot Brown at 518-891-2189.

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