AMS No. 225-08
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its intent to purchase broilers and broiler products for USDA's federal food assistance programs.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year for distribution by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the national school lunch program, the school breakfast program, the summer food service program, the food distribution program on Indian reservations, the nutrition program for the elderly, the commodity supplemental food program and the emergency food assistance program. USDA also makes emergency purchases of commodities for distribution to victims of natural disasters.
Based upon USDA's intent to buy these broilers and broiler products, FNS will survey potential recipients to determine how much product will be accepted for shipping. AMS will seek the lowest overall cost by publicly inviting bids to supply the desired quantity and by awarding contracts to responsible bidders.
Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are normally required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified grade requirements and be USDA-inspected or graded to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin.
Purchase details will be mailed to the industry following an announcement of the start of the purchase program. Interested suppliers should contact: Contracting Officer, USDA/AMS/Poultry Programs, Commodity Procurement Branch, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 3941-S, STOP 0260, Washington, DC 20250-0260. An electronic version of this announcement can be obtained at the Commodity Procurement Web page at http://www.ams.usda.gov/cp