BIDEN ECONOMY: Middle Class Turning to Food Banks as Inflation Spirals Out of Control

WASHINGTON– Heads of food banks and non-profits throughout the United States say they are struggling to keep up with demand as the cost of groceries, fuel prices and other goods are leading first time recipients, many identified as middle class, to turn to these resources for help.

“Lines are getting longer at food pantries. Demand for food assistance is growing. And that is certainly putting a strain on the emergency food system,” Kyle Waide, president and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A report published last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that with inflation rates at a 40-year high, middle and working class Americans are struggling to survive.

Matt Pieper, the executive director of the food nonprofit Open Hand Atlanta, and Board president of Georgia Meals on Wheels State Association told the Constitution that the number of calls he gets in a day from people who are seeking food assistance has nearly tripled.

“There isn’t a program that I’ve talked with throughout the state that isn’t seeing an increase in demand for services, as inflation has skyrocketed and as the cost of fuel has skyrocketed,” said Pieper, whose organization provides about 5,500 meals a day.

“We’re feeding more seniors than we ever have before, because more seniors are accessing services because they’re running out of money,” he said.

According to the report published by the BLS, more than 18 million Americans sometimes didn’t have enough to eat last month and more than 5 million people often went hungry.

In May, food prices were 11.9% higher than in May of 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture

The government’s consumer price index soared 9.1% over the past year, the biggest yearly increase since 1981, with nearly half of the increase due to higher energy costs.

FARM AID: Trump announces emergency aid for farmers hurt by trade war

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced plans to deliver up to $12 billion in financial aid to farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs in the ongoing trade fight with countries including China, Canada and Mexico.

The president unveiled his emergency economic plan as he spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Kansas City.

“Farmers will be the biggest beneficiaries,” Trump promised of the embattled trade deals. “We’re going to do something that has never been done.”

“Just stick with us,” the president said as he asked farmers, who have been among those hit hardest by his trade agenda, for their continued patience as he continued to work out the details. “Don’t believe what you hear on the fake news.”

“Just be a little patient. They are all aiming for anybody who likes me,” he added.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the agency has been authorized by the president to provide $12 billion in programs to agricultural producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs.

“The actions today are a firm statement that other nations cannot bully our agricultural producers to force the United States to cave in,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters of the president’s announcement. “This administration will not stand by while our hard-working agricultural producers bear the brunt of unfriendly and illegal tariffs.”

Despite the president’s efforts, some of his fellow Republicans are choosing not to back him in his efforts to win the trade war.

“America’s farmers don’t want to be paid to lose — they want to win by feeding the world,” Sen. Ben Sasse, (R)-Neb., told reporters on Tuesday. This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he understood Trump’s plan but conceded that other options may yield better results.

“I think there are better tools that we can use to hold abusers of trade law and people whose countries perpetuate unfair trade practices,” Ryan said Tuesday, “and get them to play fairly.”

Meanwhile, undeterred by the criticism, the president took to Twitter to explain to the American people why he feels America has gotten the short end of the stick in regard to trade.

“Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs,” Trump tweeted. “It’s as simple as that – and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the “piggy bank” that’s being robbed. All will be Great!”

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