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Volunteer fire & ambulance company gives away 150 gallons of milk

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WAPWALLOPEN, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Got milk? Well the Slocum Township Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company had plenty to give away today.

If you drove by the Slocum Township Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company building today you might have seen a table set up with gallons of milk on it. The company held a free milk giveaway to anyone who needed it.

Chief Ronald Burd Sr. says it’s a way to give back.

“Well the community gives to us, so we feel if we can help out, especially in this time of need, we’re going to do it,” said Chief Burd.

The 150 gallons of milk were donated from the No Bread Alone Food Ministry in Nescopeck. Ronald Burd Jr., Assistant Fire Chief, says the milk was given to the food ministry from a dairy farmer who had excess product.

“A lot of processing plants are closed due to the COVID. From what we were told, his processing plant was closed, so it was either dump it out or find other means to get it pasteurized and distribute it,” said Burd Jr.

Burd Jr. says he’s hasn’t seen a shortage of milk at grocery stores… “But I know the price, price has gone up a little bit on milk. Especially milk, meat, eggs. So if this can help out somebody, it’s what we’re here for.”

Volunteers gave each car that approached one gallon of milk, while wearing masks. Burd Jr. says there was enormous support on Facebook from the community on the milk giveaway.

“Over 300 and some shares, between comments and messages to the fire company Facebook page. The support and outreach has been overwhelming almost,” said Burd Jr.

The milk give away began at 1:30pm and all of it was given away in a little over three hours.

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