Free milk flows to The Salvation Army in Georgia

It’s not manna from heaven, but something close: Free gallon jugs of fresh milk to any household in need, courtesy of the Borden Dairy Co., the USDA and The Salvation Army.

“It’s a huge need, because our numbers of COVID-19 cases are rising, and people are afraid to go out,” said Kelley Bedore, director of The Salvation Army Service Center in Tifton, Georgia, a rural community about 180 miles south of Atlanta.

Borden, based in Dallas, Texas, was awarded a contract in May by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Farmers to Families Food Box Program of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. The dairy will supply 700 million servings of fresh milk to qualifying nonprofits in the South and Midwest.

Twenty-nine Salvation Army corps and service centers in the Georgia Division have expressed interest in the program, according to Lanita Lloyd, divisional director of emergency disaster services. The Marietta and Thomasville corps…

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