Under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, better known as CFAP, the USDA’s AMS runs the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
“As of this week we will have delivered about 80 million boxes of food to 10,000 charities around the United States and the four territories,” noted AMS administrator Bruce Summers. “It’s not just a food assistance program. It’s designed to take food that was going to go to waste because the supply chains there was no way to move all that food to the grocery stores at one time. So it is special, I think, in the way that it has impacted three different sectors farmers, distributors as well as, you know consumers.”
USDA buys produce, meat, and dairy products that are packaged in to boxes and delivered to organizations like food banks for public distribution, which Summers points out helps farmers, wholesale distributors and those who need healthy food.
The food box program is currently in its third round which is set to end October 31st.
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