Quarles Hails USDA announcement of $50 million milk purchase
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase 11-13 million gallons of milk from dairy farmers for $50 million and distribute it to food banks across the nation.
The announcement follows the award of a $30,000 grant from The Dairy Alliance, a nonprofit dairy promotion organization funded by dairy farm families of the southeastern United States, to God’s Pantry Food Bank in May for the purchase of milk coolers for four affiliate food pantries. The grant was awarded in conjunction with The Dairy Alliance’s Milk 2 My Plate program and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Hunger Initiative.
Commissioner Quarles unveiled the Kentucky Hunger Initiative two years ago to bring together farmers, charitable organizations, faith groups, community leaders, and government entities to look for ways to reduce hunger in Kentucky.
To find out more about the Hunger Initiative, go to kyagr.com/hunger.