Rep. Bill Keating's Office announced today that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be purchasing upwards of $28 million in surplus cranberries nationwide and using them to supplement the food needs of low-income families.
As founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Cranberry Caucus Mr. Keating led the effort to secure this purchase.
The Congressman's Office said that as part of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the USDA is purchasing $126.4 million worth of fruit and vegetables, of which cranberries are included, to support low-income families in need of emergency food assistance. The food will be distributed by local agencies such as food pantries and soup kitchens.
(This article originally appeared in Cape Cod Today)