JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government is spending $2 million more on Alaska salmon for food assistance programs, according to Gov. Tony Knowles.
The new purchase by the Department of Agriculture was announced Thursday.
The department bought $16 million worth of canned pink salmon last fall as strong fish returns boosted processors' inventories.
The latest purchase involves spending about $1 million for roughly 50,000 cases of canned salmon, bringing the total bought by USDA over the last year to about 600,000 cases.
In addition, the department is planning to buy about 700,000 pounds of breaded salmon patties in pouches.
Over the last half dozen years, the government has spent about $71 million on Alaska canned salmon for food programs.
The fish is distributed through various assistance programs, such as food banks and charitable institutions.
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