Unlike the milk you buy at the grocery store, this version can be stored without refrigeration for up to a year — and thanks to a Minnesota dairy company, it's being made available to local food shelves.
On Friday, Kemps — known for its ice cream, among other dairy products — donated 500,000 units of shelf-stable milk to food shelves across the region:
The 2% milk is packaged in 8 oz. airtight cartons (branded to look like little cows), which can last up to a year thanks to a process called ultra-high temperature pasteurization.
According to Dairy Discovery Zone, the process heats the milk at twice the temperature of traditional pasteurization techniques, killing any harmful bacteria that may be present.
The milk is then packaged through a sterile bottling process, the site says.
"Milk is one of the most requested items at food shelves, yet it’s one of the least donated" because of its refrigeration requirements, Kemps says.
The Giving Cow milk, however, "meets the unique requirements of our local food shelves."
The carton's aren't available for sale, but you can help make sure they get to needy kids — a major aim of the program.
"Every time you buy a gallon of Kemps Select and Kemps Milk, you help us donate The Giving Cow cartons to kids-in-need," the company says.
The cartons will be available at food banks in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.