Feeding America Statement On USDA Commodity Purchases

May 23, 2018

Attributed to Matt Knott, President of Feeding America 

“Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the purchase of more than $177 million of commodity purchases, including pork products, cherries, peas, and cheese, among other foods. Feeding America is deeply appreciative of this action, which will support our efforts to address hunger across our country.

“Feeding America serves more than 46 million Americans who face hunger, and these purchases by USDA will help put much-needed meals on their tables. Our network of 200 member food banks and 60,000 meal programs is a capable partner to USDA, distributing federal commodities through programs like the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) that provide a variety of nutritious foods for low-income families and individuals. These programs also play an important role in supporting American farmers.

“We thank USDA for their active collaboration with our network and America’s food producers and look forward to partnering with them in the months and years to come to ensure our network can continue providing valuable nutritious foods to Americans in need.”


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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.