The United States Department of Agriculture, or the USDA, is a multi-faceted governmental agency that works for the benefit of both consumers and producers of food. When you purchase food—either from a store or a catering service—you want to be able to determine whether the food is safe and nutritious. The USDA label is the United States Government’s way of staking their reputation on the quality of the food in front of you.
Why the USDA is Necessary
What we put into our bodies literally helps shape who we are. If a country were to let its citizens eat any- and everything that ended up on the shelves without giving them healthy options, it would be neglecting its responsibility to help maintain the health and wellness of its inhabitants. On the other side of the table we have food producers. Those who go out of their way to grow and raise quality food deserve to have their product given the positive classification it has earned. This way, those who make good food are appropriately rewarded for their efforts. Some of the foods produced by growers is used in USDA food distribution programs.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
In order to help ensure the health of new babies and their mothers, as well as elderly people, there is a USDA food distribution program called the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP. Low-income women who are pregnant, have recently given birth, their children and elderly individuals, too, can all get food distributed by the USDA. These segments of the population have unique needs when it comes to getting the proper nutrients, and this program puts them in line to get what they need.
Food Distribution Disaster Assistance Program
When a disaster strikes, food resources are often hit hard. Hurricane winds, freezing temperatures, and aggressive tornados can easily decimate crops in a matter of minutes. The USDA’s Food Distribution Disaster Assistance Program helps provide foods to organizations that deal with disaster relief, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. This helps get healthy food to people who need it most.
High quality USDA foods are also used by ChefSelect 361. Finely crafted foods are given ingredients that are both healthy and tasty because the customer deserves nothing less than top quality and top craftsmanship.