The COVID-19 pandemic has done a number on many things from health to employment to the food chain. Many farmers have been hurting as a result, including dairy farmers here in Iowa. However, now according to Delish, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that they are buying $470 million worth of surplus meat, dairy, produce, and seafood from American farmers, which they will promptly donate to food banks.

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The organization is set to purchase fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and even seafood products from farmers and ranchers as part of this initiative.

A partial breakdown on food being purchased is:

  • $30 million in chicken
  • $120 million in dairy products
  • $50 million in potatoes.

This will ease not only the burden placed on food banks, but the amount of food waste that has gone hand in hand with the pandemic.


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