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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Food banks to receive cheese from USDA purchase


US dairy farmers are facing record-levels of excess cheese, so USDA is purchasing about $20 million worth of cheese from dairy farmers and giving it to food banks across the country. (The dairy industry asked USDA to buy $150 million worth of cheese.) This is good news for dairy farmers who have seen falling prices and excess cheese in storage and for food banks, who say that cheese is popular but ‘hard to get.’ But, while cheese is in high demand at food banks, high dairy consumption is linked to obesity, diabetes, and inflammation. The USDA distribution comes at a time when some food banks are refusing low-nutrient, high-calorie foods and encouraging their retail partners to donate fruits and vegetables instead.
Source: NPR, 8/26/16, Say Cheese