Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA's intention to purchase an additional $30 million in pork products in fiscal year 2009 for federal food and nutrition assistance programmes.
USDA will survey potential suppliers to seek the lowest overall cost by publicly inviting bids and awarding contracts to responsible bidders. Altogether, USDA will purchase approximately $151 million in pork products for food and nutrition assistance programmes this fiscal year through annual appropriation and Recovery Act funding.
Vilsack said that the purchases were meant to assist pork producers who were currently struggling due to depressed market conditions and reflected the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to support struggling producers.
The pork products scheduled for purchase will reflect the variety of high-quality food products USDA provides each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program.
Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture