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U.S. Trade War With China Resulting In Fresh Produce for Area Food Banks

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - America's trade war with China is helping to keep food banks across the nation filled to capacity. The U.S. government is purchasing the crops China isn't buying and donating it to feed the hungry and food insecure. 

The buyout is part of the Trump administration's multi-billion dollar bailout plan for growers and producers, as their crops have been slapped with Chinese tariffs. 

"I'm glad to see that the food is not being wasted. The food is being distributed throughout our national network of food banks and it's going to take care of hunger, it'll be relief for these hungry kids," said Harry Keswani of Harry K. Foundation that supports 44 food pantries across Delaware. 

But Bob Mattie, a pig farmer in Maryland, said this is a short-term solution because the government can't handle the cost long-term.

"If the government is buying food and distributing to the pantries is explained as a one time relief, I don't see it as a bad thing but if it's left as an open ended deal, it could potentially be a disastrous thing," said Mattie. 

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is getting closer to a trade deal with China, but no timetable has been set. 

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