Buying Government Cheese

In years past the Federal government has given out cheese to low income individuals and families. Many people really liked this cheese and would like to buy it now. This is a page about buying "government" cheese.


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How do I get my hands on some "Government Cheese"? Thirty years ago, I tasted some government cheese and loved it. It was a rich, yellow cheese with more protein per ounce than most public cheese. How do I get some?

By 'Miss' Bonnie from Denver, CO


June 2, 20116 found this helpful
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I had the free cheese years ago, too! I have been buying "Fields" brand pre-sliced cheese in the 5 pound blocks. They also have it unsliced. I buy the sliced block and it lasts for a month at our house. It is the best and the closest to the govt. kind. They also sell it in 2.5 lb blocks. I get it at IGA, and use to get it at Sav a Lot. Good Luck!

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August 31, 20161 found this helpful
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I was told that Land O Lakes American cheese taste like the govt cheese. I tried it, it was pretty darn close.

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September 4, 20163 found this helpful
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You CAN buy the cheese! It is made by Land O' Lakes and is called easy melt american cheese. It's for sale on Amazon, but it comes in big long blocks like the old days.


5 pounds in a block and you have to buy 5. It's like $112 for it all. If you went together with a few other people it would be good.

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September 21, 20163 found this helpful
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Land O Lakes American Yellow Process Cheese Slice 5 Pound
$32.05 -
No tax

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September 21, 2016

How can I purchase surplus government cheese? Land O'Lakes has some in 5 pound blocks (with a purchase of 5 blocks) called cheese melt. Thank you.


November 15, 20163 found this helpful
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March 5, 2019

The question was never answered about where to buy the government cheese. Does anyone have an answer for this?


March 5, 20190 found this helpful

It is usually given out to the elderly and at food banks. I don't think you can buy it.

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March 5, 20191 found this helpful

It no longer exists in the format that existed from the 1950s to the 1990s--that block of orange stuff that was a cross between Velveeta an American Cheese.


Here is an article about it that claims it may be coming back, but sadly it no longer exists:

Today it is more an euphemism for welfare/food stamps.

That said, many food banks offer cheese products...but they are usually name brand like Kraft, that are donated by grocery stores or other donors.


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March 6, 20190 found this helpful

That cheese was made from several different manufacturers from surplus materials. It was probably slightly different depending on what region you lived in. From what I have read, we don't have the large surplus of dairy that we did in the 80s when the cheese was given out to needy families. Some people say that the 5 lb. Land 'o Lakes Extra Melt American cheese loaf is similar.

I'm including a few links because I found them interesting.


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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

There is a forum here about it:

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March 14, 20190 found this helpful

Actually, we have a greater surplus of cheese and dairy products today owned by the US Government than we did in the 1980s. CNBC just did a report on it ( )

You just have to wait until the government is ready to off load it in bulk to get your hands on it. And yes, the majority of government cheese is made or processed by the same companies that make the block cheese today.....same cheese, different packaging.

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April 12, 20190 found this helpful

It has been back for awhile. Seniors get it about 1s a month..

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May 14, 20190 found this helpful

The government still pays money to Dairy Farmers so they will limit their production. They no longer take the excess milk and turn into cheese for the needy. Dairy Farmers pour the excess milk out on the ground

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