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USDA Continues Disaster Assistance in Puerto Rico
USAgNet - 10/05/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing its efforts to address the nutrition needs of Puerto Rican residents affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Working closely with federal partners, USDA has supported efforts in Puerto Rico since the Presidential Disaster Declaration.

As of Sept. 29, nearly 40,300 cases of USDA Foods have been used by volunteer organizations to feed residents in Puerto Rico congregate settings and shelters. Puerto Rico has also been approved to operate the Disaster Household Distribution program, which provides boxes of food that contain approximately 9-16 pounds of nutritious, 100 percent American-grown and produced USDA Foods; boxes are expected to reach approximately 500,000 households.

"People in Puerto Rico are facing tremendous challenges -- widespread damage, power outages, and transportation difficulties, among many others," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. "At times like these, there's no such thing as 'business as usual.' USDA is working hard with its federal partners, territorial leaders, and other partners to provide the right kinds of assistance -- direct food distribution, congregate feeding, and flexibilities in the regular nutrition programs -- to make sure all households get the food they need."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided millions of meals and millions of liters of water to the people of Puerto Rico. Additional meals and water continue to arrive to the islands regularly via air and sea. Since day one, USDA has worked hand in hand with FEMA and will continue to support emergency feeding centers.

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