Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tariffs fill up food banks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:00 AM

  • Helen Robinson/Colorado Springs Business Journal

President Donald Trump’s tariffs war with China, which economists predict will cost American households up to $1,000 a year, have a silver lining for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. 

The nonprofit has seen an extra 1.7 million pounds of food so far this calendar year, the Colorado Springs Business Journal reports.

“We’re not equipped for [the increase] or staffed for it, so we’ve had to really scramble,” Care and Share President and CEO Lynne Telford tells the Business Journal. “But we wouldn’t ever turn it away because this is food that people can use — and it’s really good food.”

The flood of food is coming from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allows farmers who aren’t able to sell their produce and animal products overseas to have their surplus purchased by the USDA. The products are then distributed to food banks. 

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