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Food groups fight to save one Trump virus program

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL/AP) -- Agricultural groups and anti-hunger organizations are pushing the Biden administration to continue a program launched by President Donald Trump that spent $6 billion to prevent farmers from plowing under food and instead provide it to millions of Americans left reeling by the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began the Farmers to Families Food Box program in April 2020 after many people were shocked to see farmers destroy crops due to restaurants and other businesses canceling orders, despite foodbanks being overwhelmed by demand from people suddenly out of work.

According to the USDA's website, the program has delivered just under 140 million boxes of fresh produce, milk, dairy and cooked meats to those in need.

Distributors across the country package products purchased by the USDA in family-sized boxes that are then transported to food banks and other organizations.

If the USDA extends the program, it will be a rare example of the new administration retaining rather than dismantling a Trump initiative.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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