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Trump says he will add $1 billion to food for families program

EconomyAug 24, 2020 08:31PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. U.S. President Trump visits Farmers to Families Food Box Program location at Flavor First Growers and Packers in Mills River, North Carolina 2/2

MILLS RIVER, N.C. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday his administration would provide an additional $1 billion to a program that provides food to American families dealing with the economic hardship from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Farmers to Families Food Box program is one of several government efforts to help struggling Americans. It aims to buy food from farmers who typically produced for restaurants but lost business because of coronavirus-related shutdowns, and deliver it to the millions of people who were thrown out of work or were otherwise hurt by the pandemic.

"Today I am proud to announce that we will provide an additional one billion dollars to fund the Farmers to Families Food Box program," Trump said during an visit to a North Carolina food packing plant.

Reuters reported in July that the government had delivered far less food aid under the up to $3 billion program announced in April than it had pledged by the end of June, citing food banks managers and data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The program was criticized by food banks, analysts and some U.S. senators, who said contracts were often awarded to inexperienced vendors that were unable to source the food and deliver it in a timely manner.

According to the USDA website, the department aims to complete the purchase of up to $2.7 billion of food under the aid program by the end of August.

The White House said in a statement on Monday that under the program, more than 70 million boxes of food had been delivered to food banks and nonprofit organizations.

Trump says he will add $1 billion to food for families program
 

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Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Aug 24, 2020 9:02PM ET
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Why keep feeding the incompetent? Don't waste my tax money. No food? Find a job or sell a kidney.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 24, 2020 9:02PM ET
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Find a job or sell Anthony’s kidney. After all, he’s already sold his heart and his brain. And his last name, apparently.
Otto Gonzalez
Otto Gonzalez Aug 24, 2020 8:50PM ET
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he probably created your job so you can feed yourself.. lol.... no straws needed..
Brett Blackburn
Brett Blackburn Aug 24, 2020 8:20PM ET
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He never would've done this in his first year. Just trying to grasp at straws to try and save face...not a face worth saving.
jonathon blackmon
jonathon blackmon Aug 24, 2020 8:20PM ET
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its the truth though it is what it is
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 24, 2020 8:20PM ET
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Randall Wagner Now, now, Randall. Only men on this site. Go away.
Otto Gonzalez
Otto Gonzalez Aug 24, 2020 7:22PM ET
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Thommy boy...ask yourself what are the democrats doing... you never give any credit.. maybe if you were hungry.. you wouldn't complain so much...
Ja He
Ja He Aug 24, 2020 7:22PM ET
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Burning down citys
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Fred Smith Aug 24, 2020 5:30PM ET
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I help deliver the Blessing Boxes, mostly to elderly. Everyone is VERY grateful for President Trump's concern for the poor in our community.
 
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