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Handing out Milk from the Heart to those in need

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People wait in line to receive free milk from the Milk from the Heart program which makes weekly deliveries to Washington Heights and 12 other locations in Manhattan and the Bronx on Oct. 6 in New York City. As the economy throughout the nation struggles, prices on many food staples have continued to rise. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, milk prices throughout the Northeast are 19 percent higher than two years ago with the average price of a gallon of milk now at $4. The Milk from the Heart program gives individuals in need two free quarts of milk and hands out about 14,000 quarts a month. The program, which has witnessed a steady increase in participants, is financed partly by private donors and is part of the non-profit Homes for the Homeless.

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Quarts of milk sit in a cooler for the Milk from the Heart program which makes weekly deliveries to Washington Heights and 12 other locations in Manhattan and the Bronx on Oct. 6 in New York City.

With the cost of food rapidly increasing, it is reassuring to know that programs exist to help those in need. This particular one is run by Homes for the Homeless in New York City.

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A woman and her children wait in line to receive free milk from the Milk from the Heart program which makes weekly deliveries to Washington Heights and 12 other locations in Manhattan and the Bronx on Oct. 6 in New York City.