CHICAGO (CBS)–Food pantries in Illinois and Iowa are being flooded with milk donations under a federal program to buy and distribute nearly $50 million in dairy products to compensate farmers hurt by trade tariffs.
River Bend Foodbank CEO Mike Miller tells the Quad-City Times that about 80,000 half-gallons of milk will be distributed to food pantries across the Quad-City region through March.READ MORE: Thieves Steal Your Identity To Get Rental Cars, And You Get Stuck With The Bills
The spike in donations comes from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to help dairy farmers caught in the middle of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with Mexico, China and Canada.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Another Mild Day
Tariffs have cost American dairy farmers more than $1 billion since May.
Miller says the USDA program is helpful but challenging because milk has a limited shelf life and the program lacks distribution volunteers.MORE NEWS: 6-Year-Old Girl Shot On West Englewood Porch, Suffers Graze Wounds
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