One participant of both versions of the USDA program has found the experience so rewarding that it has created its own food box program outside of USDA.
The Government Accountability Office’s report “USDA Food Box Program: Key Information and Opportunities to Better Assess Performance,” released this week, sheds additional light on the program which delivered more than 176 million boxes of food from May 2020 to June 2021.
Pamela says there's a bigger trend within the news that Albertsons has launched its new grocery delivery subscription, FreshPass, that has monthly or yearly delivery fees.
None of the issues raised by participants or others are deal breakers for future USDA-private industry programs.
Like any rapidly rolled out initiative, some issues emerged in USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
Despite some execution challenges and external criticism, the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program has been viewed positively by many produce industry professionals, including those who contributed to this series.
The Farmers to Families Food Box Program began in April 2020 with the USDA announcing the plan to exercise its authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products.
The fast actions of the USDA and the stellar performances by farmers, processors, distributors, and transportation firms generated greater food security in America.
To our program partners, As the Farmers to Families Food Box Program comes to an end, we want to again thank you for your support and partnership in this effort. The program distributed more than 173 million boxes to date.
USDA’s new Produce Box program, which it says is not designed to replace the Farmers to Families Food Box program, has a budget of about $20 million.