The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service spent $24.3 million of stimulus funds on the other other white meat.
To be specific, AMS bought $16.9 million of canned pork, $2.6 million of ham, with water added, cooked and frozen, and $4.8 million of sliced ham (with water added, cooked and frozen).
No, it has nothing to do with stimulating the pork and ham markets due to misinformed people boycotting pigs over swine flu concerns.
The Agriculture Department is sending the meat to food banks as part of a $150 million effort to feed hungry Americans -- of which there have been record numbers during the recession.
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