Putnam Applauds U.S. Department of Agriculture Orange Juice Purchase for Children and Needy Feeding Programs
WASHINGTON - Congressman Adam H. Putnam (FL-12) commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to purchase up to $50 million in orange juice for use in child nutrition and other domestic food assistance programs. This is the largest orange juice purchase for this purpose on record.
"This action is an extremely valuable step in providing more nutritionally-rich orange juice products to our nation's school children and needy Americans," Putnam said.
The Administration's action designates distribution through USDA's National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Nutrition Program for the Elderly, and the Emergency for Assistance Program. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman noted upon announcement, "This purchase will provide recipients of our federal food programs with excellent, nutritious products."
"The purchase represents a roughly 4-fold increase in USDA orange juice usage in federal nutrition programs and will also be instrumental in moving into consumption Florida's record high citrus crop," Putnam stated. Polk County represents one of the top citrus producing regions in the nation.
"I commend the U.S. Department of Agriculture and my fellow Floridian, House Appropriations Chairman Bill Young, for their efforts to ensure that those in need receive proper nutrition," Putnam concluded.