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SAN ANTONIO - Groceries purchased with taxpayer-funded Lone Star Cards are being driven or walked across the border into Mexico on a daily basis. Read More at: www.news4sanantonio.com...
"Or, it turns out these people have businesses in Mexico, small groceries or restaurants, and they'll purchase the groceries for their businesses in Mexico."
But not everyone is giving the taxpayer-funded fare to starving children abroad. The Post last week found two people hawking barrels of American products for a profit on the streets of Santiago.
“It’s a really easy way to make money, and it doesn’t cost me anything,” a seller named Maria-Teresa said Friday.
By law, 75 percent of our country’s food donations must be transported by American companies—a misguided practice that can actually hurt the people we are trying to help. A bag of dried peas marked “US AID from the American People” took more than six months to reach a grandfather in Ethiopia. His grandchildren starved to death before the shipment of food arrived.
Had our government not sent the peas on a 12,000-mile journey by rail, ship and truck but, instead, donated money to purchase food directly from Ethiopian farmers or provided cash vouchers for the grandfather himself to buy food that is often available, but out of financial reach during times of crisis, these children might still be alive. (source: blogs.ajws.org...)