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Milk is free Saturday during a “milk drop” at Waynesboro’s Otterbein Church, thanks to the generosity of many community sponsors.

Nearly 50 local businesses, individuals, and organizations have contributed to the milk drop, making 5,000 gallons of milk available.

The milk will be distributed, free, this Saturday from 9 a.m. until supplies are gone. Otterbein Church, 912 S. Potomac Street, Waynesboro, is the distribution point.

Waynesboro Community and Human Services (WCHS) Has organized the event and made possible by Otterbein Church, local businesses and community sponsors. It is open to the public, free of charge. Distribution in a drive-thru method will go on with one gallon of white, whole milk per vehicle.

“This is open to everyone in the community. I am humbled by the generosity of support for this project,” said Denise Esser, WCHS executive director.  Donations totaling nearly $15,000 made the milk drop possible.

How it happens

Darrell Swart, a WCHS board member, organized the donations after reaching out to Harrisburg Dairies. The dairy/milk processor has arranged similar events in the region to support both local communities and dairy farmers.  

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Sponsors raise the funds to purchase milk from the Harrisburg business at cost and in turn donate it to families.  

“I felt the need to have our community come together,” said Swart.  “I reached out to a business friend and in turn we talked to other people and the project grew from there. The people we talked with seemed genuinely interested and excited to help.”

WCHS meets the needs of families in the region with emergency financial services, in-home nursing, a food, clothing and diaper bank, and a school year backpack program that provides nutritious food for families over the weekend.  

Learn more about WCHS and its projects, or donate to programs, by visiting its website at www.wchs-pa.org or calling 717-762-6941.

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