Kemps partners with Trig’s to provide shelf stable milk to local children
December 03, 2019
Kemps and Trig’s joined forces in an effort to provide shelf-stable milk to local children through the local Blessings in a Backpack program.
Milk is one of the most requested items at food pantries, yet one of the least donated because it requires refrigeration throughout the entire donation process.
But, through Kemps’ The Giving Cow project, refrigeration is no longer needed and 1,560 local kids from the Wausau and DC Everest school districts will have access to milk when the school week is out and the weekend begins. The Giving Cow is an 8 ounce airtight carton of 2% milk that’s shelf-stable for up to a year. Kemps does not sell the product — it’s only available through food pantries and programs like Blessings in a Backpack where local children facing food insecurity are given easy-to-prepare food to take home for the weekend.
The shelf-stable milk is 100% milk. However, it’s pasteurized in an enclosed and controlled environment at a higher temperature and packaged in an airtight carton which prevents the growth of bacteria and eliminates the need for refrigeration. It contains the same nutrients, vitamins and delicious taste as refrigerated milk.
Kemps partnered with Trig’s due to the grocery stores’ history of supporting Blessings in a Backpack through donations and associate volunteerism. Officials from both Kemps and Trig’s unloaded more than four pallets, 13,000 cartons, of the single-serve milk to the Blessings in a Backpack packing site on Wednesday, Nov. 20. It should last the non-profit organization about eight weeks. About 77% of elementary-age students in the Wausau and DC Everest schools qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch.
Trig’s and Kemps also have plans to donate Giving Cow milk to similar programs in the Northwoods including Weekend Food for Kids in Rhinelander and Prince of Peace Church in Eagle River.