The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is thrilled to have received four bonus loads of pork including 500 cases canned pork, 1000 cases frozen ham, 1000 cases sliced ham, and 4,275 cases of frozen pork patties. This is part of the $170 million purchase USDA announced August 13 of pork, chicken, lamb, and catfish for federal food assistance programs, including food banks like ours.
Most of the purchases are designated for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is distributed through our Food Assistance Program and because of the declines in TEFAP bonus commodity purchases over the past few years, this purchase could not come at a better time. Because there have been fewer bonus purchases, TEFAP has fallen from 25 percent of Feeding America food received to about 20 percent of the food distributed by Feeding America food banks nationally.
The drought in the Midwest is expected to cause an increase in food prices nationwide over the next year, so we expect that the unprecedented demands on the Food Bank and our partner agencies will be continuing through the end of 2012 and into 2013.
This donation will help us provide much-needed protein food to those we serve while it also helps ranchers and growers in drought-stricken areas.