State, Nonprofit Distributing Free Milk To Low-Income Families

Thursday, October 25, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The Melrose Park IDHS office, where low-income families will be able to get free milk through March 2019. | Google Earth 

The state and a well-known nonprofit have joined arms to distribute free milk to families in need, according to an ABC 7 news report.

The Illinois Department of Human Services and the Greater Chicago Food Depository will be distributing the free milk to low-income families and individuals at area IDHS offices, including the IDHS office located at 2701 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, from Oct. 23 through March 2019.

The Melrose Park office will distribute the free milk from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month through March 20.

The milk is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), ABC 7 reports.

The station adds that clients will “be able to pick up milk in the parking lots of the six participating local offices during the six-month period. Food Depository trucks and vans will be located in IDHS office parking lots for two-hour periods on select dates each month. There is no need for IDHS customers to visit the office in order to receive the milk. They can go directly to the truck or van in the parking lot.

“Milk will be available in skim, 1%, 2% and whole varieties dependent on availability. Customer volume will determine how many half-gallons can be distributed to each family. Any IDHS customer is eligible to receive the milk.”

Volunteers are needed to assist with milk distributions. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit chicagosfoodbank.org to sign up. VFP 

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