U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than 75 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump has announced that additional funding, up to $1 billion, will be added to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program while the economy continues to reopen.
The taxpayer funded program will continue on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Hollis Sports Complex, at the Plains Road lot. Cars can start lining up at 9:30 am. There are no restrictions on participation and you may pick up food for others as well as for yourself.
In May, under direction from the President, we launched the $3 billion Farmers to Families Food Box program to help feed American families and support our farmers. Just over three months later, the United States has responded in record amounts with over 75 million boxes having been delivered nationwide. This program will continue to fulfill its mission to support the most vulnerable, empower our workforce, and uplift great American farmers.Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President
Following the President’s announcement of additional funding the USDA also announced that it intends to extend agreements with current contractors who desire to continue to deliver food boxes through September 18, 2020. These extensions will ensure adequate capacity for food box distribution as the USDA implements the additional funding.
In the ongoing second round of purchasing and distribution, which began July 1, 2020 and will conclude August 31, 2020, the USDA has purchased more than $1.113 billion of food through extended contracts of select vendors from the first round of the program as well as new contracts focused on Opportunity Zones in order to direct food to reach underserved areas, places where either no boxes have yet been delivered, or where boxes are being delivered but where there is additional need.
In the upcoming third round, which begins September 1, 2020, the USDA plans to purchase combination boxes to ensure all recipient organizations have access to fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. Additional box types will be considered on an as needed basis.
The first round of purchases occurred from May 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020 and saw more than 35.5 million boxes delivered in the first 45 days.