• Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk
  • Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

    The Vermont Milk Commission recently recommended a path towards supply management in the dairy industry. Supply management is a complicated task that stems from a simple goal: stop creating too much milk. But while we have too much milk in the system overall, we have not enough milk going to some households that want it. Foodbanks on average distribute one gallon of milk per person every year - even though demand is high. How does our "extra" milk get to consumers who want it but can't afford it?  

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Alissa Matthews

Alissa Matthews

Alissa Matthews grew up farming vegetables with her family in southwest Pennsylvania. As a teenager she moved to Vermont with her family, attended UVM, and fell in love with the people and landscapes in the state. After leaving briefly to study community development and social geography back in Pennsylvania, Alissa is thrilled to have found her way back to Vermont working in a field she loves.

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