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Hoosier Hills Food Bank announces SCCAP milk donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : September 14, 2010
Contact: Julio Alonso(HHFB), 334-8374/369-8113; Doug Wilson (SCCAP) 339-3447 x262.

SCCAP GRANT PROVIDES MILK FOR HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK

A grant from the South Central Community Action Program is enabling the Hoosier Hills Food Bank to provide over 1,000 people each week with milk. SCCAP has made $10,000 in funds available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (stimulus) for the food bank to purchase milk. HHFB began receiving weekly deliveries of 1,080 half-gallon units of 2% milk last week and will continue distributions to its agencies through mid-October.

“It’s a great gift to be able to provide a nutritious, staple product like milk to our agencies,” said HHFB Executive Director Julio Alonso. “We don’t receive large quantity milk donations very often and when we do the milk is usually very close to expiration. With demand for emergency food assistance at a very high level we need all the help we can get and we appreciate being able to distribute such a quality product to families in need.”

“This is a win-win situation to be able to provide fresh milk to low-income families and to purchase the milk to be donated from an Indiana dairy, Prairie Farms in Loogootee,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “We are very appreciative of being able to do this because of the additional Community Services Block Grant funds we received this year as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “

Hoosier Hills Food Bank collects and distributes over 3.1 million pounds of food annually to nearly 100 non-profit agencies serving 7,500 people each week in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties. http://www.hhfoodbank.org

The South Central Community Action Program provides a wide range of services for low-income residents of Monroe, Morgan, Owen and Brown counties, empowering people to reach their potential. http://www.insccap.org

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