USDA announces meat buys for food programs

by Editor
Monday, May 03, 2010

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA's plan to purchase $161.4 million in a wide variety of foods for federal food and nutrition assistance programs.

The purchases will be for up to $40 million of beef products and $2 million of lamb products. A number of economic factors have led USDA to surpluses, so these purchases will help alleviate the stress caused by higher inventories and low prices that farmers and ranchers are receiving for their commodities.

In addition, these food purchases are supposed to help support local food banks and other national nutrition programs by providing a wide variety of products. Products include 100% fruit juices, fresh and processed apple products, and lean meat products.

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a wide variety of food products each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program.