The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is slated to purchase up to $30 million in chicken dark meat for use with federal food nutrition assistance programs.

Each year, the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases high-quality food products of U.S. origin for use in various government programs. The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Summer Food Service Program, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program all benefit from these purchases.


"The purchase [of chicken] will assist food banks and other federal food nutrition assistance programs to offer recipients a wide variety of healthy products," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.