Curds + Kindness helps feed health care workers

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) makes grilled cheese sandwiches for 600 health care workers as part of the the Curds + Kindness program, which supports local dairy farmers, at the South Jordan Health Center in Daybreak on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Some 600 workers at the South Jordan Health Center in Daybreak were treated to free grilled cheese sandwiches on Tuesday.

And there are more generous food donations planned thanks to dairy farmers in Utah and Idaho and Curds + Kindness. The program was launched in the early days of the pandemic as a way to turn surplus milk into food for those in need.

Farmers sent milk — what would normally go to schools and restaurants now operating at lower capacity — to processing plants, where it is made into cheese, butter and other foods. The products are now being donated to food banks, school districts, hospitals and shelters for youths and adults.

This week there are plans to deliver sandwiches, pizzas, and dairy-filled totes to organizations in Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties, including the two Salt Lake City rescue missions, VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center, Moran Eye Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Ogden Rescue Mission and several others.