On Thursday, July 2, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council (KDDC) in conjunction with Prairie Farms, will be having a Milk/Dairy Product Drive at the Logan County Extension Complex off of the Bypass beginning at 9 a.m.

This is an event that will give away a FREE box of dairy products while supplies last. In the box, you will receive two gallons of milk, two 16 ounce bottles of chocolate milk, two 16 ounce bottles of strawberry milk, one container of cottage cheese, one container of french onion dip, one container of sour cream, and one block of cream cheese.

There will be 1300 boxes given away and you won't even have to leave your vehicle. You will just drive up as directed and volunteers will place the box into your vehicle for you. You do not have to meet any financial stipulations to receive a box. One box per family.

The program, which is made possible from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, is to bring about awareness of the importance of dairy in our diets as well as the importance of supporting our dairy industry.

The mission of the KDDC is to educate, promote, and represent dairy producers and foster an environment for the growth of the Kentucky dairy industry.

"We are dairy farmers, multiple allied industries, and professional advisory supporters working together to sustain and grow Kentucky's dairy industry. Dairy farmers work hard every day to provide fresh, wholesome, quality milk, and dairy products to consumers. We love our land, the animals in our care, and way of life on the farm. Dairy cows are economic generators. The average dairy cow generates over $13,700 in economic ripple effect each year," according to the KDDC website.

Mike Owen, owner of Owen Trucking in Russellville, is partnering with the dairy intuitive by hauling the free dairy products to communities throughout the state.

"I am very proud to be able to be a part of this great program," said Owen who serves on the KDDC. Owen has been in the trucking business since 1976. He and his son have operated Owen Transport since 2008. "I have enjoyed doing this. It's not a job when you enjoy doing it. I like to be able to help others and this is a good way to do that."

Owen said the program began in the middle of June and he has been distributing the dairy products to several other communities. It was Owen who requested Logan County be put on the list as he wanted to see his own community served.

"I wanted the people of Logan County to be a part of this because there is a need here," said Owen. "I deliver all over and I wanted my community to benefit from this very good program."

Janice and Mike Humble of Agape are helping get the word out about the give-a-way.

"I'm excited about this event," said Janice. "I hope this will help a lot of people in our community."