Under the federal COVID-19 relief program, Dallas-based Borden Dairy, one of America’s oldest and largest dairy companies, will supply 700 million milk servings to non-profit organizations.
It is to be noted that Borden won the $147 million contract from USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) for its Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
“Borden applauds the USDA for taking this monumental step to ensure that Americans have convenient access to nutrition during this difficult time in our nation’s history. This USDA contract allows Borden to exponentially grow our coronavirus relief efforts that are already underway,” said Borden CEO Tony Sarsam.
“The 3,300 people of Borden are incredibly proud to further support our communities and eager to begin fulfilling more donation requests immediately,” Sarsam added.
Under the program, the USDA is purchasing up to $3 billion in fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat from local distributors badly hit by the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The products are distributed to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits.
Founded in 1857, the dairy company filed for bankruptcy in January thanks to tumbling milk consumption with the rising prices. However, Borden anticipates exiting Chapter 11 protection this summer, according to the company’s spokeswoman Adrienne Chance.
At present, Borden operates 12 milk processing plants and around 100 branches across the United States. It produces approximately 500 million gallons of milk annually.