USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week announced plans to purchase frozen consumer pack chicken/chicken parts (leg quarters) and chicken fajita strips for domestic food nutrition assistance program.  The products to be purchased are as follows:

  • Consumer Pack Whole Chicken (100880) – Frozen U.S. Grade A ready-to-cook broiler/fryer chickens, with neck and giblets or without neck and giblets.  Individual chickens must weigh 3.0 to 5.5 pounds per carcass without neck and giblets.  The commodity must be commercially labeled and packed in individual plastic-film bags with neck and giblets or without neck and giblets and packed 10-12 chickens per fiberboard shipping container (case).  Each purchase unit will total approximately 39,600 pounds.
  • Leg Quarters (100105) – Frozen Chicken Leg Quarters – Leg quarters must weigh between 9 adn 14.5 ounces each or be produced from ready-to-cook broiler/fryer chickens that weigh 2.50 to 4.00 pounds per whole carcass, weighted without neck and giblets.  The commodity must be packaged in a minimum of four plastic-film bags, and packed 40 pounds net weight in each fiberboard shipping container, with 1,000 shipping containers per purchase unit totaling 40,000 pounds.
  • Chicken Fajita Strips (100117) – Frozen fully cooked, dark chicken fajita strips, produced from ready-to-cook boneless/skinless drumsticks, thighs, and/or legs.  The commodity will be packaged 5 to 10 pounds per plastic-film bag to a net weight of 30 pounds in each fiberboard shipping container.  A purchase unit will consist of 1,300 shipping containers totaling 39,000 pounds.

The purchase announcements can be obtained through the Commodity Procurement Home Page at