Trade wars mean surplus for Wiregrass Food Bank

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Wiregrass Area Food Bank and other food banks across the nation are experiencing a surplus of items, many of them with limited shelf life.

Because of trade wars brought on by President Trump's tariff policies the federal government is helping U.S. farmers by buying surplus products and distributing them through food banks to low-income residents.

Products such as milk and produce are coming in at double the typical delivery rates.

However, the food bank maintains it is a good problem to have ... because they've had to expand their distribution.

"We've dealt a lot with the senior citizens throughout the Wiregrass, the housing authority, we've done drops that we normally don't do, so we've had to be creative," said Wiregrass Area Food Bank Executive Director David Hanks.

The food bank asks the public to consider helping out by volunteering or starting food pantries at their local churches.