Grocery banks in the greater Cincinnati area await blessings on the trade war

CINCINNATI – It seems that Freestore Foodbank will have a bountiful harvest this year thanks to changes in US trade policy.

Tariffs on US agricultural goods are slowing overseas sales, but food banks in the greater Cincinnati area and across the country will benefit from the trade dispute.

Food banks across the country receive $ 1.2 billion worth of food that is not sold overseas due to high tariffs. It is distributed so that agricultural prices are not depressed and the income of farming families is impaired.

“It’s a huge deal,” said Kurt Reiber, President and CEO of Freestore Foodbank.

Last year, the table distributed 27.3 million meals, this year, according to Reiber, 31 million will be served. That will feed 240,000 people from Wilmington, Ohio to Owenton, Kentucky and from Aurora, Indiana to Portsmouth, Ohio.

“We will get some meat, produce some products. We will get some dairy products,” said Reiber. “So the families we see are going to get very healthy and nutritious foods that will be life-saving for them.”

Most of the food will be received and distributed between December and March of next year.

The network to bring the food to the people is being refined for the important deliveries, said Reiber.

“Eight out of 10 children in the area we care for are entitled to free lunch,” he said. “The ability to bring these protein-rich, high-production dairy products to these families will be life-changing.”

Shared Harvest in Fairfield also expects enough food for 2 million meals, according to Executive Director Tina Osso.

“Everything from oranges to grapes to roast pork loin, beef and American cheese: you name it, it’s in the mix,” said Osso.

The food will go to tens of thousands of people, many of whom live at or below the poverty line in Ohio.

“We cover five counties in Ohio, but we share our food with other sister food banks that cover 32 counties in Ohio,” Osso said.

The first deliveries are expected to arrive at Freestore Foodbank on October 17th and Shared Harvest in mid-December.

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