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support in the form of bonus commodities acquired for TEFAP was $162 million, well
above the FY1999 level of $107.5 million.
While approximately $260 million worth of commodities were acquired for
TEFAP (bought with the Food Stamp Act set-aside or allocated as bonus
commodities) in FY2000, actual deliveries during the year were lower - totaling
about $176 million ($84 million in Food Stamp Act "entitlement" commodities and
$92 million in bonus commodities).
FY2001. For FY2001, the Clinton Administration's budget proposed using the
full $100 million provided under the Food Stamp Act to pay for TEFAP commodity
purchases, as well as an appropriation of $45 million to fund grants to states for
In mid-May 2000, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees reported
their versions of the FY2001 Agriculture Department appropriations measure - H.R.
4461 (H.Rept. 106-619); S. 2536 (S.Rept. 106-288). The amounts included for
TEFAP agreed with the Administration's request - i.e., use of the full $100 million
Food Stamp Act set-aside for "entitlement" commodity purchases and an
appropriation of $45 million for distribution costs. On July 11, 2000, the House
passed its version of the FY2001 Agriculture appropriations bill, and, on July 20,
2000, the Senate approved its version. The House and Senate versions, as well as the
House-Senate conference agreement on the FY2001 appropriations measure reported
on October 6, 2000 (H.Rept. 106-948), were the same as the Administration's request
regarding TEFAP. The House-Senate agreement was approved by the House on
October 11, 2000, and by the Senate on October 18, 2000. On October 28, 2000, the
congressional agreement on the FY2001 Agriculture Department appropriation was
enacted as P.L. 106-387.
The full extent of bonus commodity acquisitions and deliveries under TEFAP in
FY2001 will be unclear until the fall of 2001. However, it is likely that FY2001
acquisitions and deliveries will run well ahead of FY2000 given TEFAP's access to
some of the $200 million in surplus specialty crops to be purchased under the
authority of the Agriculture Risk Protection Act (P.L. 106-224),9 the slight increase
in the Food Stamp Act set-aside for the TEFAP, the extensive acquisition of bonus
commodities in the last part of FY2000, and the lessening of incentives to provide
bonus commodities to school meal programs brought on by new, separately financed
commodity purchases for schools required under the Agriculture Risk Protection Act
(see the discussion of issues and proposals later in this report). For the first 8 months
of FY2001, food acquisitions and deliveries for TEFAP are estimated to be running
at least 50% ahead of FY2000.
FY2002. For FY2002, the Bush Administration's budget proposed using the
full $100 million provided under the Food Stamp Act for TEFAP food acquisitions,
as well as an appropriation of $45 million to fund distribution costs.
9Section 203(d) of the Agriculture Risk Protection Act requires surplus commodity purchases
of specialty crops that experienced low prices during the 1998 and 1999 crop years, including
apples, black-eyed peas, cherries, citrus, cranberries, onions, melons, peaches, and potatoes.
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