Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman says the department plans to purchase up to 3.5 million pounds of frozen strawberries for donation to child nutrition and other domestic food assistance programs.

“This purchase will provide recipients of our federal food programs with a nutritious product,” said Veneman.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service purchases a variety of high quality food products every year for distribution by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service to 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.