New strategy to help farmers may benefit food banks

Food banks nationwide will receive extra produce, meat and dairy

Kristen Johanson
October 01, 2018 - 5:35 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Farmers impacted by retaliation tariffs surrounding President Donald Trump's so-called trade war may get a bit of a reprieve from a new strategy, which may also benefit food banks. 

As part of a three-prong relief package to help farmers, the Department of Agriculture will buy surplus produce, meat and dairy to distribute to food banks and pantries nationwide.

"That's a good thing because we are always looking for additional food to be able to get it out to people who are food insecure in our community," said Interim President and CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey Joe Njoroge. 

He says that with it comes the challenge of having to preserve the overflow of perishable goods.

"(We will be looking to figure out) how can we receive this food, how can we store it, and where can we get additional storage space," he added.  

Njoroge hopes people recognize that hunger will continue to persist when the excess has dried up. 

"A monetary donation still goes a long way to help us address hunger in our community," he said.