Mayor's Milk Initiative to begin distributions Monday

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Office of the Mayor, Eric Johnson

May 22, 2020

Tristan Hallman
Chief of Policy and Communications | 469.785.1421

Mayor's Milk Initiative to begin distributions Monday

DALLAS -- Mayor Eric Johnson on Friday announced the planned sites and dates for the distribution of thousands of gallons of free milk through the Mayor’s Milk Initiative, a partnership with Borden Dairy, Dallas ISD, and local faith leaders.

Dallas-based Borden will deliver the milk to schools and houses of worship. And at those 16 sites, faith-based volunteers and participating nonprofits will distribute the milk to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first two distributions are:

  • Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center
    • When: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monday, May 25
    • Where: 4500 Bernal Drive, Dallas, TX 75212
  • St. Philip’s School and Community Center
    • When: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26
    • Where: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215

A full list of the sites, dates, times, and site hosts can be found here. And for more information on the program, including a map of the locations, click here. 

“The Mayor’s Milk Initiative will help many Dallas families who are facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Johnson said. “During difficult times, the people of our city, our business community, and our institutions have always rallied to help our neighbors in need, and this initiative is the latest example of what we can accomplish by working together.”

The Mayor’s Milk Initiative is made possible by the Department of Agriculture’s new Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which is part of Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP).

Borden received the USDA’s largest award under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program and plans to distribute a total of 700 million servings of milk in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

“Dallas is our home, and we are proud to expand our local donation initiatives with the support of the Mayor, the Dallas ISD and other non-profit partners,” said Borden CEO Tony Sarsam. “Borden applauds the City for its rapid response to ensure DFW residents have convenient access to nutrition during this time.”


Who is eligible to receive the milk?

Anyone is eligible to receive the milk. We are hoping to reach individuals and families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What do I need to bring?

You do not need to bring any form of identification to receive the milk. 

How is the milk being distributed?

The milk will be distributed curbside at the main entrance of the locations by volunteers from the site hosts. Volunteers will be wearing gloves and masks. Although you are not required to wear a mask when you drive up to receive the milk, doing so is strongly encouraged and advised.

What type of milk is being offered?

Borden Dairy 2% reduced fat milk.

How many gallons of milk is a person or family allowed to have?

Households of four or more may receive two gallons of milk. Households of three or fewer may receive one gallon of milk.