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Release No. 0452.05
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USDA EXTENDS NONFAT DRY MILK DONATIONS TO FAITH-BASED & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2005 - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that USDA will donate an additional 25 million pounds of nonfat dry milk (NDM) to help care for the needy throughout the U.S., including those affected by the 2005 hurricanes.

"This initiative builds on the president's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and promotes USDA's efforts to meet nutritional requirements of individuals in need," said Johanns. "Distribution of nonfat dry milk and its products to faith-based and community organizations is just one of many avenues through which USDA supports those in need."

Nonfat dry milk can be used in manufacturing dairy products such as ready-to-eat pudding, ready-to-eat milk-based soups, nutritional bars and ultra-high temperature shelf-stable milk. The faith-based and community organizations exchange USDA's nonfat dry milk for such manufactured products for distribution within the 48 contiguous states.

Johanns made the donation possible by extending the current deadlines under the National Nonprofit Humanitarian Initiative (NNHI) through December 31, 2005.

USDA has a long history of establishing partnerships with faith-based and community organizations to deliver assistance through domestic and international feeding programs. USDA also administers 15 domestic nutrition programs that touch the lives of one in every five people in America each day. Those programs include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Food Stamp Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

While NNHI helps meet nutritional needs of the disadvantaged, the initiative also reduces surplus government stocks of NDM. Since the initiative started in September 2003, USDA has distributed more than 160 million pounds of nonfat dry milk.

Nonprofit organizations currently participating in distribution of NDM products will not be required to sign up again under this extension. They need only submit orders requesting the quantity of products desired in their area. Faith-based and community organizations that had not participated in previous NDM distributions will be able to sign up for this distribution. The sign-up period, agreement applications, order forms and other up to date information can be found at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/daco/NNHIFY06.htm, or by contacting Clyde King at (816) 926-2610; email: Clyde.King@kcc.usda.gov or Lance Simson at (816) 823-3202; email: Lance.Simson@kcc.usda.gov

Packages for products exchanged for the NDM will be marked with a statement, "Not for Sale, Exchange or Export." USDA will control the amount of NDM exchanged to minimize any potential displacement of nonfat dry milk in the commercial marketplace. There will be no cash involved in these transactions.

The following nonprofit organizations have participated in the FY 2005 NNHI.

America's Second Harvest

Believer's Sanctuary

California Emergency Foodlink

Calvary Baptist Church

Cascade Blue Mountain Food Share

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc.

City Team Ministries

Comlinks

Convoy of Hope

Cooperative Care Center

Cumac/Echo

Farm Share, Inc.

Feed the Children, Inc.

Feed the Hungry

Goodness Outreach Depot

Harvesting International Ministry Center, Inc.

Heartland Family Services

His Hands Extended

Hope In Action

Hosanna Daycor & H.P.W. Church

Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee, WI

Jeffco Action Center, Inc.

Jerico Faith Center

Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission

Love, Inc.

Midwest Mission Distribution

Newcap, Inc.

Operation Blessing Relief & Development Corp.

Operation Compassion

Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency

Shilo Ministries

Springs Rescue Mission

St. Paul's Community Development Corporation

The Mission, Inc.

The Salvation Army, Long Beach, CA

The Salvation Army, Lancaster, CA

The Salvation Army, Phoenix, AZ

United Christian Ministries, Inc.

Westcap

Westside Food Bank

With Love From Jesus Ministries, Inc.

Word of Faith