BOSTON (CBS) – Families in the Boston area that are having trouble making ends meet amid the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic fallout, can get free milk this week.

Dairy Farmers of America is donating 8,600 gallons of whole milk at a drive-up event in Boston on Thursday.

Dairy farmers across the country have been left with surplus milk, because school and restaurant demand has all but evaporated. So that the milk doesn’t go to waste, Massachusetts DFA members decided to donate it to local families in need.

“Knowing that millions of Americans are struggling right now to make ends meet, and with food banks being a critical local resource to help feed these families, we knew that we had to help figure out a solution,” said Jennifer Huson of DFA Northeast.

There is a two gallon per car limit for the event at Boston College High School, which begins at 9 a.m. Cars should lineup along Morrisey Boulvard and pop open their trunks. Milk will be placed directly in the vehicles to avoid person-to-person contact.

(WBZ-TV graphic)

Massachusetts State Police and the National Guard will be on hand helping distribute milk and directing traffic flow.

Walk-ups are also welcome at the Morrisey Boulevard entrance to BC High. Face coverings and social distancing are required.

Dairy Farmers of America has hosted similar Farmers Feeding Families events in other U.S. cities.