Food & Health
Food & Health
May 2018 - USDA Grants the USADPLC’s request for Section 32 Funding for dry peas and lentils. The USDA awarded the following funding for pulse crops under section 32 program:
Dry Peas - $22 million
Lentils - $10 million
Pinto Beans - $11 million
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) uses the Section 32 program to purchases high-quality food each year to support the following USDA Nutrition Programs:
National School Lunch Program
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Emergency Food Assistance Program
Emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters.
USDA will only purchases U.S.A commodities under the terms of the Section 32 program.
Details on how vendors may participate are available on the
Selling Food to USDA
page on the AMS website. USDA reminds vendors that they need to complete a “Food Defense Audit” on their facilities before submitting a bid.
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What is Section 32?
Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of 1935 authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture for surplus removal under Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of 1935, which enables the Secretary of Agriculture to purchase surplus food to be delivered to schools, food banks and households in communities across the country through its USDA Foods nutrition programs. Prior to the 2014 Farm Bill, dairy commodities were not eligible for purchase with Section 32 funds because milk was a Commodity Credit Corporation price support commodity.
How does the USDA Foods buying program work?
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
purchases a variety of 100% domestically produced and processed commodity food products, including dairy products, fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood. AMS issues solicitations and makes purchases for over 200 different USDA Foods on an ongoing basis.
These purchases support American agriculture by providing an outlet for surplus products and encouraging consumption of domestically-produced foods. The wholesome, high-quality products purchased by USDA—collectively called USDA Foods—are delivered to schools, food banks and households in communities across the country, and are a vital component of our nation’s food safety net.
AMS works with USDA’s
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
which manages the food and nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program, to coordinate the orders, purchases and deliveries to qualified food assistance program recipients, such as food banks and schools.
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