USDA, Feed the Children and Operation Compassion Solidifies Domestic Milk Distribution

By , May 17, 2004

October 2003 was the beginning of a unique faith-based initiative involving the United States Department of Agriculture, Feed the Children and Operation Compassion to provide non-fat dry milk to the poor and underprivileged across the United States. During the past six months, more than ten million pounds of dry milk has been delivered to tens of thousands of families across the Unite States. The non-fat dry milk has been a life-sustaining product for these families, providing essential vitamins and daily nutritional requirements.
Under a new directive, the non-fat dry milk is liquefied, heated and packaged in 8 ounce and 32 ounce containers. Each container has a twelve-month shelf life until the package is opened. Then, it is refrigerator safe like regular milk. In addition to the white milk, chocolate favor will also be available.

Due the difficulty of agencies trying to distribute the 55# bags of dry milk, the USDA has released this commodity to Feed the Children. In turn, Feed the Children has been the catalyst in securing this new initiative. Operation Compassion has been given approximately 720 semis of this liquefied milk for distribution across the United States over the next twelve months.

Churches, charities and agencies all across the Untied States will be in a position to distribute this much-needed commodity. Single parent families, senior adults, the homeless and impoverished families will be able to receive this life sustaining product. Milk is a vital source of vitamins and minerals for everyone but for those who eat a less balanced diet, milk becomes more important.

Children living in impoverished conditions are more likely to go without essential nutrition, which is necessary for growth and development. For years, the non-fat milk program has served as a stopgap for these children living at a higher risk. Since the faith based initiative non-fat milk program began in September 2003, greater numbers of children and families at risk have been served. For the remainder of 2004 and into 2005, the new initiative of non-fat liquefied milk will be an ongoing source for these same high-risk families.

Operation Compassion working in harmony with Feed the Children have targeted agencies and charities throughout the United States that are equipped to distribute the non-fat liquefied in their communities. Within the next few weeks, semi trucks will be delivering this milk to warehouses in preparation for final shipping for distribution to high-risk families and children.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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