Why Is The US Government Spending $20 Million On Cheese?
There's too much queso!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will spend $20 million on 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories and give it to food banks and pantries in the United States.
The purchase aims to reduce a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. Farmers have asked the government to help with the billion pounds of cheese that is stored away, reported the Wall Street Journal.
“This commodity purchase is part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
However, Americans are also consuming a record amount of 35 pounds of cheese each year.
The USDA reports that it will continue monitoring the market and make the necessary actions.