I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.
More than 100-million food boxes have now been delivered to families needing assistance during the pandemic. That’s according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program purchases fresh produce, meat, milk, and dairy products to be included in food boxes distributed to food banks and other agencies. Earlier this month, USDA entered into contracts with 50 entities for a third round of food box deliveries. That includes contracts to purchase up to 1-billion dollars of food.
Americans paid less for fresh fruit during the first seven months of the year. USDA reported the Consumer Price Index for fresh fruit declined from January through July before rising slightly in August. It’s attributing the decline in part to the pandemic as sellers directed more fresh fruit to retail outlets and less to restaurants and other food-service businesses. USDA also saying this year’s apple crop is expected to be smaller.
Here’s a usual partnership that appears to be working. Yuengling and Hersheys are joining forces again to make their chocolate porter, but this time people can enjoy the beer in bottles. The specially brewed beer blends Yuengling’s dark porter with Hershey’s chocolate, caramel, and malts for a smooth finish. It is available in bottles and drafts in 22 states while supplies last.
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