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Port Strike Swells Food Banks

posted on October 18, 2002

A dividend of dispute ….

The West Coast port shutdown that cost the nation's billions in lost commerce is filling food banks.

Shippers have donated a spectrum of dairy products and hundreds of thousands of pounds of perishable produce ranging from greens to bananas, to food banks in port cities from Seattle to Los Angeles. Companies like Del Monte and Dole chose to donate the food rather than ship behind schedule after the 10-day shutdown of 29 major Pacific ports ended last week.


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