A whole lot of milk is coming to the Quad Cities' food banks and pantries. As part of a government program to help farmers hurt by tariffs, the U.S.D.A. has bought surplus milk. The plan is to deliver it to food banks across the country.
Somewhere around 100 full semi truck loads of milk will be sent to Illinois and Iowa. Mike Miller is president and CEO of River Bend Foodbank in Davenport, one of the many recipients of the surplus milk.
"This is exactly the challenge, it is so much more than we normally do," said Miller. "Getting it in, making sure that we've cleared out as much space as possible, and getting that out just as quickly as possible, so that people in need get the freshest milk available."
After Miller and 27 other employees of the food bank unload the weekly shipments, free milk will be available on Wednesdays, starting January 9th from noon to 2 pm. The free milk will be available every Wednesday in January.
The River Bend Foodbank supplies 300 food pantries in 23 counties throughout Illinois and Iowa.