The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced it has approved contracts for the additional purchase of Farmers to Families Food boxes.
The produce industry was surprised with another round of the Farmers to Families Food Box program, Greg and Pamela talk blueberry consumption and why some domestic growers think imports are hurting business, and Pamela's got some thoughts about the new Amazon Fresh store in Naperville, IL.
In this hyper-political era, politics seem to affect everything, and the USDA Farmers to Families food box program is no different.
The solicitation will be issued to over 240 organizations that have previously received Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA). Solicitations to existing BOA holders are expected to be issued by the end of the week, with contract awards expected to be made by January 19.
When USDA’s 4th round of its Farmers to Families Food Box contracts were released at the end of October, some people may have noticed a San Antonio catering company that hadn’t participated before received a $23 million contract for Texas and Oklahoma.
Costa Fruit & Produce Company Boston, MA, was among the produce companies who got shut out of round 4 of USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program.
Pamela breaks vacation to join Greg to talk about the latest USDA food box news.
USDA made significant changes to the companies supplying Farmers to Families Food Boxes for round 4, which runs in November and December, and box cost may have been a factor.
It may seem like a huge step up to go from packing 12,000 food boxes to 1.7 million from round 3 to 4, but Steve Veneziano, vice president at Oakes Farms, Inc. in Immokalee, FL, said the company could have done more than twice that much.
The 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.