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Milk giveaway in Tupper Lake this Saturday

A sampling of the dairy and vegetable products that will be given away at Saturday’s event at the Tupper Lake village municipal park. (Enterprise photo — Amy Scattergood)

TUPPER LAKE — Milk will be flowing at the Municipal Park this Saturday as another milk giveaway event — similar to ones held in Saranac Lake, Malone and Vermontville — has been organized by local companies, politicians and volunteers.

Four hundred boxes of dairy products, 400 boxes of vegetables and 1,050 gallons of milk will be given away from 9 a.m. to noon, with everyone walking away with two gallons of milk and one of each type of box. All products came from upstate farms.

The giveaway is on a first-come, first-served basis, and a one-way path will lead through the park to ensure social distancing.

The food is packaged and distributed by Glazier’s Food and Beverage Distributors in Malone and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. It helps farms put to use products that might get thrown out. The company drives around to farms to gather supplies and trucks it to the giveaway.

Village board Trustee Ron LaScala said he wanted to bring the giveaway here to make sure all Tupper Lakers had the chance to get free, local and healthy food and drink.

“It’s time for one in Tupper Lake,” village Mayor Paul Maroun said, agreeing.

Maroun said Tupper Lakers had driven out to ones held in Saranac Lake and Malone.

“There’s a lot of people in Tupper that don’t have the ability to travel there,” LaScala said. “They shouldn’t have to drive out there if they don’t have to.”

He said it is more “fair” now.

LaScala said he called Assemblyman Billy Jones to ask how to make this happen, and Jones answered, while he was in session at the Assembly.

“He was working in the Legislature. … He picked up the phone on the (Assembly) floor,” LaScala said.

LaScala said he was grateful for Jones’ help.

Malone Mayor and Franklin County Legislator Andrea Dumas, who helped organize other milk giveaway events, also worked to organize this one.

They needed a nonprofit organization to conduct the event through, and the Tupper Lake-based Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy volunteered.

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