Government Buying Fewer Surplus Crops For Food Banks
Food banks report they don't have enough food, says the New York Times . More people need food to get by, say the experts, and the government has less in the the way of surplus commodities. Government is simply buying fewer surplus crops from farmers. The surplus program bought $67 million worth of food last year, down from rom $154.3 million in 2005 and $233 million in 2004. Food bank operators are hoping an increase in spending (to $250 million) in the new farm bill will help. But, of course, the farm bill is stalled.(BTW, check out this music video on commodity cheese.)Meanwhile, it appears both the collapse of housing prices and the long-term decline in working class wages are having their ill effects. There are simply more people needing free food to get by — and now they have less to get by on. Said one recipient, "Every week there's less and less food. It used to be potatoes, meat and bread, and last week we got Doritos and flour. The food is getting shorter, and the lines keep getting longer."