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Joliet's got milk with Northern Illinois Food Bank Milk2MyPlate program

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 11:01 p.m. CDT
(Eric Ginnard - eginnard@shawmedia.com)
Sharon Wright picks up a gallon of 1 percent milk Tuesday at the St. John Lutheran Church food pantry in Joliet.
(Eric Ginnard - eginnard@shawmedia.com)
Rows of 1 percent milk wait to be picked up Tuesday at the St. John Lutheran Church food pantry in Joliet.

JOLIET – Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Milk2MyPlate program distributed its 5 millionth serving of milk Tuesday in Joliet.

Northern Illinois Food Bank launched its Milk2MyPlate program in October 2012. Milk is one of the top items requested at food banks, but due to its short shelf life and regulatory challenges, milk rarely is donated to the Food Bank, according to a news release from the NIFB.

Northern Illinois Food Bank entered a partnership regionally with Prairie Farms Dairy to deliver gallons of 1 percent milk directly to participating food pantries, cutting down on transportation and inventory time at the NIFB.

Forty-one community food pantries participate in NIFB’s Milk2MyPlate program, distributing more than 15,000 gallons of fresh milk every month to families in need.

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