Community Resources During Social Distancing

Mar 25, 2020Uncategorized

​Arizona dairy farm families are working hard to supply their usual fresh, quality milk for our community.

And to further support our neighbors during this time, we are providing the following resources we hope you find useful.

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Fluffy Whipped Cream
Fresh Whipped Butter
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Tips on Storing Dairy Products & Other Perishable Foods
Milk Expiration Date

How long milk lasts past it’s expiration date:

  • All milk, once opened = 4-7 days
  • Unopened whole milk = 5-7 days
  • Unopened reduced fat & skim milk = 7 days
  • Unopened non-fat and lactose free milk = 7-10 days
Milk Safety

To keep your milk fresh and safe:

  • Store at 38-40º F
  • Store in the original container and keep the lid tightly closed to avoid possible contamination
  • Place at the back of the refrigerator, away from the door to keep cold
  • Do not leave unrefrigerated for more than two hours
Fridge Stocking Tips

Use tips in this infographic as a guide when stocking your refrigerator to help keep your food fresh the longest

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Freezing Milk

Tips to properly freeze and thaw milk for later use:

  • Pour some milk out of the container to make room for expansion when freezing
  • Separation of fat from the milk is normal during freezing, and thawing
  • Freeze for up to three months
  • Thaw in the refrigerator, shake to mix the fat and milk together
  • Use within five days of thawing
Freezing Cheese

Freezing cheese can be a little tricky:

  • Soft cheeses like mozzarella are best frozen when shredded
  • Hard cheeses like aged Cheddar become crumbly when frozen, so are best used as toppings when thawed
  • For large blocks of cheese, cut into smaller sections and wrap in plastic wrap or place in freezer bags
  • Thaw cheese for 24-48 hours in the refrigerator to allow the moisture to settle back into the cheese
  • Use thawed cheese as quickly as possible
Freezing Butter

Tips on freezing butter:

  • Maintain taste and freshness by keeping butter in its original wrapper, or wrapping in foil or plastic and placing in a sealed container
  • Unsalted butter may be frozen for up to five months, salted butter up to nine months
  • Thaw in the refrigerator, or grate the butter for quick thawing
  • Use as quickly as possible
We would like to express a heartfelt “thanks” to all purchasing local milk and dairy products. We encourage supporting all local businesses and products to the extent you are able.
Want to know which milk and dairy product brands are local?
Restaurants offering carryout, pickup, and delivery
Help our community in need, donate milk to United Food Bank
For Parents and Kids
Schools and non-profit organizations serving meals to those 18 years and under


Activate Your Young Chefs!

Check out our Ag literacy page for printable and online activities

Digital Learning Experiences

Phoenix Zoo: Check out LIVE educational programming every day at 1:00pm on Facebook and Instagram. Also, visit their website for Digital Safari a feature that includes virtual safaris, adorable photos and videos of animals, behind-the-scenes with caretakers, and animal facts, quizzes and games.


Desert Botanical Garden: Browse their blog page for fun and interesting activities for everyone. Print out the Desert Detectives bingo card to take on your next walk or hike or download a beautiful desert scene to use as the background for your next Zoom meeting!


Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Everyday on Instagram and Facebook you can find short videos that feature fun games and activities.  Themes include Movement Mondays, Trivia Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, and STEM Saturdays


Children’s Museum of Tucson is offering story time and science lessons on their YouTube channel


JOANN Stores: Find a new craft idea every weekday by visiting JOANN’s YouTube Channel, Facebook, or Instagram. Videos are aired daily: 8:00AM, Crafts for the Family; 5:00pm Crafts for Grownups.


Know of other opportunities you would like to share with our community? Drop us a line and we will gladly add it to the list!

For Our Seniors
Grocery Stores Offering Senior and Vulnerable Population Only Hours

*Please confirm hours with your local store

Albertsons – Tuesdays and Thursdays 7AM to 9AM

Bashas’s and AJ’s – Wednesdays 5AM – 6AM

Big Lots – First hour every day

Costco – Tuesdays and Thursdays 8AM – 9AM

Dollar General – Every day, First hour

Food City – Wednesdays 5AM – 6AM

Fry’s – Monday through Thursday 6AM – 7AM

Los Alto’s Ranch Market – Every day, 6AM – 7AM

Safeway – Tuesdays and Thursdays 7AM – 9AM

Target – Tuesdays, first hour

Walmart – Tuesdays, first hour

Whole Foods – Every day, first hour

Organizations Providing Volunteer Grocery Shopping Services

*Please check with organizations. Services may be limited due to volunteer availability and social distancing.

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Interested in sending a letter or card to support our community seniors?  Contact Arizona Senior Pals

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