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GSA'S 'OPERATION DESERT SHARE' FOOD PROGRAM PASSES $200 MILLION MARK

 GSA'S 'OPERATION DESERT SHARE' FOOD PROGRAM
 PASSES $200 MILLION MARK
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrator Richard G. Austin of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today more than $207 million worth of food and related items left over from the Persian Gulf War have been allocated or distributed to date through GSA's "Operation Desert Share."
 "The timing couldn't be better," Austin told officials overseeing the food distribution program, "as the weather turns cold in most parts of the country and homeless people flock to shelters for hot meals and more families rely on community food pantries for assistance."
 GSA is the federal agency charged with distributing what is now estimated to be more than $240 million worth of surplus food and sundries from Operation Desert Storm.
 Since launching the massive distribution effort in July, Austin said food and related items valued at more than $119 million have been allocated or transferred through the federal Interagency Council on the Homeless, mostly to Chicago-based Second Harvest, which provides nationwide distribution to 180 member food banks supporting 42,000 homeless shelters, soup kitchens, church pantries, senior and other day care centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers and other non-profit food programs.
 Austin also announced that the Salvation Army is now distributing food received through the Interagency Council.
 More than $88 million worth of food and sundries have also been made available to other federal agencies for use in government programs and to state agencies for surplus property in all 50 states for distribution to eligible donees, including homeless shelters not supported by national networks such as Second Harvest and the Salvation Army.
 Austin said he expects the remaining estimated $33 million worth of food to be distributed or allocated by the end of February.
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