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USDA releases contract list for Round 4 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Following U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s authorization of up to an additional $500 million for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has approved contracts for up to the authorized amount to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

To date, more than 110 million boxes have been distributed.

These contract awards are part of the fourth round of the program announced on Oct. 23, 2020, for deliveries through Dec. 31, 2020.

A full list of approved suppliers is posted on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program webpage and listed here.

Vendor Name Vendor State Phone Number Total Boxes Awarded Contract Value States Serviced
Aggrigator, Inc. CA 831-596-0632 36,987 $1,662,196 MT
Atlas Wholesale Food Company MI 313-921-1251 357,060 $14,732,296 MI
Cascadia Produce LLC WA 206-660-7723 85,000 $2,771,850 WA
DeLune Corp. VA 571-606-9807 75,828 $3,017,196 WV
Fresh Innovations California LLC CA 805-486-6476 280,800 $10,881,000 TX
Ham Produce and Seafood Inc. HI 808-839-2004 44,139 $2,427,645 HI
Lancaster Foods LLC MD 410-799-0010 97,011 $4,064,761 ME; NH; VT
Liberty Fruit Company, Inc. KS 913-981-9000 357,521 $13,514,202 KS; MO; NE
M. Palazola Produce Co. TN 901-452-9797 393,435 $15,565,403 MS; TN
Mac Edwards Produce & Company, Inc. FL 305-326-7223 180,000 $6,732,000 FL
Miceli Dairy Products Company OH 216-791-6222 240,000 $9,540,000 OH
Monteverde’s, Inc. PA 412-922-9200 192,000 $7,382,400 OH
National Meat & Provision Co., Inc. LA 504-451-1093 343,673 $12,957,382 AR; LA
Oakes Farms Food & Distribution Service FL 239-841-4154 1,688,545 $68,590,256 FL; GA; KY; NC; SC; VI
P.J.K. Food Service LLC MD 301-772-3333 218,017 $8,434,829 DC; MD
Pacific Coast Fruit Company OR 503-731-9669 334,278 $13,287,551 OR; WA
Perfect Pact, LLC FL 216-406-6775 407,024 $19,524,941 PR
Produce Source Partners, Inc. VA 757-329-5145 241,186 $9,273,602 VA
Proffer Wholesale Produce, Inc. MO 573-431-0625 729,198 $30,321,414 IL; IN
RK Group TX 210-223-2680 600,000 $22,996,176 OK; TX
Russ Davis Wholesale, Inc. MN 612-246-5532 496,897 $18,759,617 IA; MN; ND; SD; WI; WY
Sanson Company OH 216-431-8560 4,975 $206,164 OH
Shamrock Foods Company AZ 602-477-2344 589,501 $21,703,327 AZ; CO; ID; NM
Sunrise Produce Co. CA 951-757-5972 1,449,704 $47,550,291 CA
Sunterra Produce Traders, Inc. CA 949-678-6507 204,546 $7,946,612 NV; UT
T.M. Kovacevich-Philadelphia, Inc. PA 215-378-0556 400,000 $15,180,000 PA
Tomato Thyme Corporation FL 941-400-4244 483,840 $19,677,773 AL; NC
Triple B Corporation WA 360-599-7184 30,182 $1,885,470 AK
Tulsa Fruit Company OK 918-583-1151 375,626 $14,555,508 TX
Vincent Farms DE 302-875-5707 451,324 $17,586,029 DE; NY; RI
Whitsons Food Service (Bronx) Corp. NY 631-750-1414 1,100,000 $42,920,769 CT; MA; NJ; NY; PA

 

Background:

USDA issued solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and awarded contracts for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.

In the fourth round, as in the third round, states have been allocated boxes based on the internal need of the state. The program will continue the purchase of combination boxes to include fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products.

The program also will continue to require that proposals illustrate how coverage would be provided to areas identified as opportunity zones, detail subcontracting agreements, and address the “last mile” delivery of product into the hands of the food insecure population.

Entities who met the government’s requirements and specifications were issued agreements and submitted pricing through a competitive acquisition process. Contracts were awarded based on the pricing submitted for the delivery locations proposed, box content, last mile delivery plans, means testing compliance, past performance, and support of small and local/regional food systems.

The ongoing third round of the Farmers to Families Food Box program was announced July 24, 2020, and the President announced on Aug. 24, 2020, that up to an additional $1 billion was being made available for deliveries through Oct. 31, 2020. USDA announced contracts for the third round on Sept. 17, 2020, and has purchased more than $3.634 billion worth of food, to date.

In the second round of purchasing and distribution, which began July 1 and concluded Sep. 18, 2020, USDA purchased more than $1.781 billion of food through extended contracts of select vendors from the first round of the program as well as new contracts focused on Opportunity Zones in order to direct food to reach underserved areas, places where either no boxes have yet been delivered, or where boxes are being delivered but where there is additional need.

The first round of purchases occurred from May 15 through June 30, 2020 and saw more than 35.5 million boxes delivered in the first 45 days.

Updates to the number of food boxes verified as delivered will continue to be displayed on the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website, with breakdowns by performance period on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program webpage.