The Commodity Procurement Branch purchases red meat and fish items for distribution by USDA to Federal feeding program recipients. These purchases (1) support agricultural markets, particularly when surpluses exist; (2) safeguard the health and well-being of our nation's children by distributing nutritious commodities through the National School Lunch Program; and (3) provide food to the elderly, needy families and other charitable institutions.
Through these purchase programs, the Branch assists farmers, commodity producers and processors by helping maintain stable commodity prices. Equally important, the purchases provide economical and healthy meals for school children, the elderly, the homeless and needy families.
The Agricultural Marketing Service division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture carries detailed information about the Commodity Purchase Program at: School Year Purchases -- Other Red Meat