SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KTMR) -- A seasonal surplus of milk from a Lane County dairy created an opportunity for community giving. Dari Mart on Game Farm Road in Springfield gave away 100 gallons of skim milk in about an hour on Wednesday.
An early start to the summer ice cream making season at Lochmead Farms of Junction City helped fuel the giveaway. Ice cream production uses the cream from whole milk, creating a surplus of skim milk.
A spokesperson for the farm said they're happy to help a community that's given so much to the family business.
“I think that in these times, any little bit helps and you know a gallon of milk could last a week for some families and you know it's just fun to giveaway free things and everybody loves free!” said Kathy Gibson, a co-owner of Lochmead Farms and Vice President of Marketing.
"It's a big help, great big help!” said Marcia, a Springfield resident.
The free milk vanished in about an hour on Wednesday.
Lochmead Farms says it usually gives out free chocolate milk at a lot of running races; the skim milk gallon giveaway is the first of what the dairy hopes to do more in the future.