School districts scramble to get milk after Golden Guernsey closure

CREATED Jan 9, 2013

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NEW BERLIN - School across Southeastern Wisconsin are working together to supply milk to students after the Golden Guernsey plant closing.

Cindy Jensen showed TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady the supply at New Berlin Eisenhower High School.

"When you look on the top (of the supply), you'll see the very last of the Golden Guernsey milk.  Underneath, we have Kemps Milk," said Jensen, who serves as the school district's nutrition and food services director.

She also acts as a liaison with the Southeastern Wisconsin School Lunch Buying Co-Op.

Still, she learned of the sudden Golden Guernsey closure the way most people did - watching the news.

"We were very fortunate that our truck was already loaded before they actually locked out, so we had milk."

She went ahead and ordered milk on Sunday from food distributors.
"We kind of had an oversupply of milk, but Franklin Public Schools didn't get any milk, so we ended up working with Fox River Foods and sending the extra milk I had ordered over to Franklin, so their kids also had milk for school," said Jensen.

In the future, Jensen said students will have milk, but as a co-op liaison, she's going to do what she can to avoid a repeat.

"I think we'll ask a few more questions when we go through the bidding process."