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USDA food box program revised to allow produce-only boxes

Infographic showing the USDA partnering with farmers, distributors, and non-profits to provide access to food during COVID.

The United Fresh Produce Association sent out this member alert on August 7

This evening, USDA published an amendment to Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA), as well as FAQs.

Most notably, the government will accept proposals for commodity-specific boxes, including fresh produce only boxes. There will still be a priority for combination boxes containing all four components: fresh produce; meat; dairy; and fluid milk.

Additionally, USDA has published FAQs within the amendment which interested companies are encouraged to read in full.

There is no deadline for submitting a proposal. The solicitation is currently open and accepting proposals. BOA Agreements will be issued on a rolling basis until such time as the Government has enough BOA holders per region to adequately meet the Government’s requirements.

The submission worksheet has been updated to reflect the amendment.

More information on the program can be found on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Farmers to Families website.

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Mollie Van Lieu at