Statewide Initiative Increases Dairy Access

The Boundless Collaboration is increasing access to dairy items for our neighbors in need. 

Participating Boundless Collaboration Partners:

  • Feeding NYS (state association)
  • Food Bank of the Southern Tier (food bank)
  • FeedMore WNY (food bank)
  • Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY (food bank)
  • Island Harvest (food bank)
  • Foodlink (food bank)
  • American Dairy Association of North East-ADANE (dairy industry partner)
  • Dairy Farmers of America (dairy industry partner) 

Funding provided by Feeding America


The Boundless Collaboration is increasing access to dairy items for our neighbors in need. 

Internal & External Milk Coolers

FeedMore WNY, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Foodlink, Island Harvest and Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York are providing their partner agencies with milk coolers.

Park It Market 

Island Harvest is Nourishing Long Island’s Future with a new mobile market that will provide dairy and produce items.

Pantry Annex Unit 

Foodlink and Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York are providing mobile delivery of dairy along with increasing access for multiple food programs to receive dairy.



Internal & external milk coolers provided

$2.8 M

Partner investment in dairy


New York is a dairy rich state with more than 4,000 dairy farms supporting the industry. However, even with the prevalence of dairy farms and producers, there are 2.6 million New York state residents who do not have sufficient access to dairy and other food items to maintain a balanced and wholesome diet. Our focus is to increase dairy access while reducing barriers for populations most affected. By conducting a study in September 2020, we learned that the primary barrier for individuals and families facing food insecurity is access. For all ten food bank regions, access barriers include lack of distribution points, lack of refrigerated vehicles, walking distance to pantries, or lack of ability to store dairy items. This data was the foundation in which we developed pilots that we believed could address how to move more dairy into underserved areas. Through our collaborative approach, the team of five food banks, the state association and dairy industry partners, focused on the development of a statewide dairy sourcing and distribution strategy. The initial approach was to pilot different models for optimizing dairy distribution throughout our network. Through each food bank partner, we were able to identify member programs that represented rural areas, underserved populations, and maintained the mindset for capacity building. Our three pilots were: Direct Dairy Delivery: With a processor or farm directly delivering to the food bank member agency, the dairy product is never physically handled by any food bank. This reduces or eliminates the need for members to have additional cold storage and reduces turn over time.

Just In Time

Providing Just In Time delivery to food bank member agencies to provide dairy items for immediate distribution, eliminating the need for onsite storage.


The Pantry Annex Cold Trailers (PACT) have been developed to extend the distribution capabilities of participating programs and to take advantage of more perishable products. 

We achieved outstanding results in the 8-week pilot testing period: 242,850 pounds of dairy distributed through the three pilots. The partners are committed to expanding this work and have individually invested food bank funds toward our statewide dairy distribution program.



Sustainable increase in dairy distribution across our state

4.67 M

Projected additional pounds of dairy into the hands of our neighbors in need

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