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Milk from the Heart program distributes free milk

People wait in line to receive free milk

People wait in line to receive free milk from the Milk from the Heart program in New York City. (Oct. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Milk from the Heart program charity hands out 14,000 quarts a month because of rising prices.

Milk from the Heart program gives out 14,000
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Milk from the Heart program gives out 14,000 quarts of milk monthly, making weekly visits to 13 locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. (Oct. 6, 2011)

People wait in line to receive free milk
Photo Credit: Getty Images

People wait in line to receive free milk from the Milk from the Heart program in New York City. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Joel Rivera prepares to load a bag with
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Joel Rivera prepares to load a bag with milk in the back of the Milk From the Heart van on 127th Street in Harlem. Those who line up receive two quarts of 1 percent milk each. Anyone can come to the drop-offs, where staff includes Spanish and Creole speakers. The milk usually runs out in about an hour. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Meleda Vazque, 63, of Harlem, picks up free
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Meleda Vazque, 63, of Harlem, picks up free milk from William Mann, left and Joel Rivera, right, who work from the back of the Milk From the Heart van on 127th Street in Harlem. (Oct. 6, 2011)

The Milk From the Heart van delivers milk
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

The Milk From the Heart van delivers milk to those in need on 127th Street in Harlem. Seed money for the program was gifted by philanthropist couple Leonard and Allison Stern, but organizers are seeking more sponsors in order to expand to other locations. (Oct. 6, 2011)

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