The national trade war with China has had some negative impacts on businesses even here in Louisiana, but there are some silver linings for those who need help to put food on the table.
Millions of pounds of food that China isn’t buying are being bought by the U.S. government and sent to food banks around the country, including here in Louisiana at Second Harvest Food Bank.
It’s all apart of TFAP, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, where the government is buying food from farmers and food productions that are being impacted by the trade war.
At Second Harvest Food Bank they have received more than a million pounds of food since the trade war started.
Jay Vise with Second Harvest says this will help the one in five families in Louisiana who are at risk of hunger.
“We are so grateful to get this extra product,” said Vise. “It’s helping our communities and it’s also helping the American farmer.”
That is only a small amount compared to how much they collect each year.
In fact every year they collect more than 30,000,000 pounds of food, nine million pounds of that here in Acadiana.
Second Harvest provides food and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes.
This food is available to anyone in need.
For those who work hands on with the food they say this extra food goes a long way to help.
Even though they got the extra food Vise says they still need help from the community.
“Though we’re incredibly grateful for this bounty, we still have a huge “meal gap” we need to fill,” said Vise. “We very much still need food donations from our Acadiana food donors, from community food drives, to retail and corporate partners.”
If you would like to help or are in need of help you can go to www.feedhopenow.org.