WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - This week’s cold spell has made it quite a challenge to distribute milk to the needy.
Food banks throughout the Badger State have been busy handing out thousands of gallons of milk left behind when the Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha unexpectedly closed on January 5th.
Tuesday, a delivery truck broke down in the bitter cold before it finally made it to La Crosse to drop off a shipment. Volunteers bundled up at a distribution site, and handed out two and three-pint cartons of milk to motorists as they drove by. It took about 3 hours to give away around 5,000 gallons of milk.
Tuesday was the product’s sell-by date. When the Golden Guernsey plant closed, hundreds of schools and grocers were left scrambling for milk before substitutes were quickly found.
The Hunger Task Force said the products left in the tanks should go to the needy instead of being wasted – and it took some negotiating before the plant’s bankruptcy trustee agreed to let it go.