Tell USDA: Do Not Dump Fatty Cheese on Disadvantaged People
Action Alert from


Physicians Committee
October 2016


The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Oct. 11, 2016, that it would purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese and distribute it to food banks and other food assistance recipients.

Please take a moment to ask Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reconsider the USDA's plan to distribute the fatty cheese to programs that are already struggling to provide participants healthful foods that fight disease.

Typical cheeses are 70 percent fat and are among the foods highest in cholesterol and sodium, exacerbating obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Cheese is the number one source of saturated fat in the American diet.

Let Sec. Vilsack know that the USDA should help food banks and food assistance programs by providing more fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains—foods that will help keep participants healthy.

Sign an online petition.

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166

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