How Trump's Tariff Wars Impacts Food Banks

Everybody loves a good trade dispute and tariff war right? Perhaps not. Early this year, Trump decided that the government would buy $1.2 billion of agricultural products from farmers (mostly in the midwest) to ease the pain of tariff war with countries those farmers rely on exporting their produce to. If government is buying, that means food banks across the country would be the customers of this produce, who then need to figure out how most economic ways to store and distribute these influx of produce to the communities they serve.

“Even free food has a cost,” according to Maryland Food Bank, It costs the organization 23 cents to store and deliver 1 pound of food. Most of the $1.2 billion would be spent to buy pork products, apples, pistachios, dairy products, among about 30 other commodities.


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