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      Michigan produce to help food pantries, others

      A federal program will supply Michigan apples, cherries and other fruits and vegetables to help food pantries and other community organizations.

      Plans by the Emergency Food Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture were announced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

      The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides high-quality, domestically produced food to low-income families. The program also helps USDA purchase foods to stabilize prices in agriculture commodity markets by balancing supply and demand.

      Stabenow says Michigan apple and other produce growers requested USDA purchase their crops for use in the program.