IDFA today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on how the department should develop and implement a food purchase and distribution program to provide additional aid to nonprofits serving Americans in need of nutritious food.

In the comments, IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M. advocated for dairy products to remain a primary component of USDA’s food purchase program for their unparalleled health benefits, and he provided recommendations to the department on crafting a program that does not distort dairy markets.

The comments follow Dykes's oral comments to the department on March 22.