Trump Administration Adds Critical Agricultural Support Amidst Possible Food Insecurity
On October 23, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension for the fourth round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. At the direction of President Trump, the Farmers to Families Food Box Program was designed to ensure that all Americans have access to fresh food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This remarkable program is a win for all its participants during a time of uncertainty. It resolves farmers’ surpluses by partnering them with distributors to package and deliver food boxes to schools, food banks, and faith-based organizations to feed families. These food boxes contain quality dairy products, fresh produce, and meat products. This is just another accomplishment for the Trump Administration as they continue to put Americans first all across the U.S. and to Make America Great Again.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced the program recently surpassed 110 million boxes delivered and millions more are headed to Americans in need. The USDA has provided over $3 billion in resources to food banks through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), blessing countless families with more than 100% American grown food.
Advisor Ivanka Trump shared,
“Across the country, I have seen first-hand how the Trump Administration is fueling millions of American families through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. President Trump’s commitment to extend this impactful program is ensuring healthy and nutritious produce, dairy and meat will continue to reach our nation’s most vulnerable communities while supporting our farmers!”
The USDA is soliciting an additional $500 million to the existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes through Dec. 31, 2020. To maintain its effectiveness, the program will continue its operational requirements. These include proposals that outline the coverage of opportunity zones, subcontracting agreements, and guaranteed delivery to insecure populations.