The federal government has authorized a $9.4 million purchase of Maine’s frozen wild blueberries.

This will be the fifth time since 2012 that the federal government will subsidize wild blueberry growers in Maine with the feds taking a total of 8.9 million pounds of frozen berries.

According to the surplus fruit go to food banks, children centers and social service agencies. Maine has five processors, and there is a chance that all of them will sell berries to the government.

This year’s bonus buy comes just a few weeks shy of last year’s announcement that USDA was purchasing $10 million of surplus fruit.

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