USDA to extend some “Farmers to Families” food box contracts


The USDA is extending contracts of select vendors from the first round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

“These extensions are a testament to the great work done by these vendors in support of American agriculture and the American people. They are also a testament that the program is accomplishing what we intended - supporting U.S. farmers and distributors and getting food to those who need it most. It’s a real trifecta, which is why we call it a win-win-win,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The efforts of everyone involved form the backbone of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program and its goal to help fill the hunger gap in all of our communities.”

From May 15 to June 17, more than 17 million boxes have been delivered to non-profits in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam.

Additionally, the USDA will also begin new contracts with a some new vendors after it was determined they could meet the program’s distribution and delivery requirements. The new vendors will focus on “Opportunity Zones,” which are places where boxes have not yet been delivered.

The USDA says it is continually evaluating ways to expand access to the program, especially in areas that have been underserved or need additional assistance.