USDA Delivers More Than 100 Million Food Boxes
The United States Department of Agriculture announced this week that it had delivered more than 100 million food boxes to support both farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, the agency announced a third round of the program, entering into contracts with 50 entities to provide food box deliveries. The third round authorized contracts that would purchase up to $1 billion in food items, including cheese.
“It is incredible to think that in a little more than five months, this food box program has gone from an idea to a reality that that has provided more than 100 million boxes of nutritious foods to people in need and along the way has helped to keep farmers and ranchers in business and allow American working in our nation’s food supply chain to get back to work,” says Sonny Perdue, USDA secretary.
“We are now into the third round of deliveries and we’re working harder than ever to continue to build on the success of the program,” he says.
The first round of the program authorized $945 million in purchases and ended June 30. The second round purchased more than $1.7 billion of food, and ended September 18. The third round will end Oct. 31.
USDA is also continuing its plans to purchase $1.4 billion in agricultural products from U.S. producers who suffered damages due to trade retaliations by foreign governments through the Food Purchase Distribution Program. The program had purchased more than $2 billion worth of products in Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020, which ended Sept. 30 in each of those years.