Spud donations continue
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that they will free up more than $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers in the Families Food Box Program.
The Program will get surplus meat, dairy, potatoes and produce to families needing food during the pandemic. A program that rescues food from being dumped, feeding the hungry and helping farmers. Farm Bureau economist Megan Nelson says the purchases are part of the aid package to help farmers and consumers. It’s a really great step in the right direction. The program will definitely help get excess food into food banks. It will help out farmers and food banks facing huge increases in demand. “
The Farm Bureau’s Zak Miller has been hauling spuds all over Idaho "And the potato supply chain never really stopped it just slowed down," he said.
"In a real-time economy, all our inventories are weighed out and predicted over the course of the year. The biggest thing we are concerned about is this fall, this coming harvest when we will start getting fresh potatoes in the market but still dealing with 2019's inventory," said Miller.