Hundreds of cars line up at McCoy Stadium Parking Lot to collect free milk gallons and other dairy products

New England members of the Dairy Farmers of America donated over 4,300 gallons of milk to families in need.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Dairy farmers across the country have been dumping thousands of gallons of milk they can’t sell due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But on Wednesday, New England members of the Dairy Farmers of America donated over 4,300 gallons of milk to families in need.

“I’ve been furloughed for over 2 months and stuff like this really helps out,” said Pawtucket resident, Sam Brandt.

Hundreds of cars lined the parking lot at McCoy stadium to collect their free milk gallons and other dairy products. The contact-free pick-up line started at 9am, but dozens of cars lined up well before that.

“What they’re doing here is wonderful,” said Pawtucket resident Susan Zarn. “I almost want to cry. I want to send love to all these people doing this wonderful job in this pandemic.”

The coronavirus pandemic has crushed dairy farmers across the country, as they’ve lost two of their biggest customers in schools and the restaurant industry.

The New England partners of the Dairy Farmers of America teamed up with the PawSox, the RI National Guard, Ocean State Job Lot, Vanguard Renewables, and others to make the drive-thru possible.

“As a result of this pandemic, Rhode Island will experience food insecurity rates higher than those we experienced during the Great Depression,” explained Rose Jones, director of the Rhode Island Office of Health and Aging.

Participants were allowed to take 2 gallons of milk per family, plus a pack of yogurt and other fresh fruits.

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