USDA to Provide $2 Billion to Food Banks

Local food purchasing and school lunches are also funded.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that they will be providing $2 billion for food bank provisions, the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA), and school food programs. The investment is intended to address higher food costs and strengthen the food supply.

“Food banks and schools are the backbone of our nutrition safety net, serving tens of millions of children and families,” said Stacy Dean, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “Supply chain disruptions and high food costs have created uncertainties for these crucial partners, and we are committed to equipping them with the resources they need to keep communities fed, strong, and healthy.”

Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Jenny Lester Moffitt stated, “USDA is dedicated to fostering partnerships between producers and food assistance programs. Working together, farmers, food banks, and schools can improve our nation’s food and nutrition security.”

The funding is being provided through the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, which is directed by the Secretary of Agriculture and implements a number of USDA food programs.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack as he oversees the myriad of food and agricultural programs across the many agencies in his department.
  • For Deputy Under Secretary Dean as she heads the USDA’s food and nutrition office.
  • For Under Secretary Moffit to be discerning as she reviews the agricultural marketing and regulation standards.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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