I’m assuming that either there’s an error somewhere, or this is really, really good ham. From Recovery.gov’s new recipient data comes this contract, which if I’m reading it right, spends $1,191,200 for “2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED.”
That seems like an awful lot for ham–even sliced ham. Just a hunch, but they’re probably buying tens and tens of thousands of 2 pound frozen hams sliced, but of course that’s not apparent from the linked entry.
I just got done writing up some cautionary tales about why one can never take federal data at face value–too bad I didn’t have this one at hand for the chapter. Hat tip to Carl Anderson — one of the first members of Sunlight Labs (the second, in fact) — for pointing it out.