May 13, 2020
USDA announced that it will spend $470 million to buy more surplus food to mitigate the supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19. The funds will be spent as a part of the authority USDA has for food purchases to help farmers and people in need through school meals, food banks and other programs. USDA will spend $120 million on surplus dairy, $50 million each of potatoes and turkey and $35 million on strawberries. Other purchases include chicken, catfish, pollock, asparagus, sweet potatoes and orange juice.