The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program’s Round 5 has been extended into May, with final deliveries occurring by May 31.
Spending on USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs jumped 30 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2020 to an inflation-adjusted record of $122.1 billion, abruptly reversing a six-year decline.
Pamela and Greg discuss why United Fresh is concerned about the future of the produce-only food box, and the legacy of Midwest Produce icon Don Goodwin.
USDA says a produce-only box program will replace the Farmers to Families Food Box program of the Trump administration, but some are concerned about funding.
Greg thinks the USDA's food box cancellation is political, Pamela thinks it's because the program wasn't doing enough. Is there a right answer?
Statement by United Fresh: On behalf of the millions of Americans who gained access to healthy fresh produce throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply disappointed in USDA’s decision to end the food box program.
The Biden administration hinted that the Farmers to Families Food Box program may end, and USDA confirmed it.
United Fresh Produce Association’s Produce Box Working Group presented USDA with a set of 30 recommendations that would help guide a new program around produce food boxes.
USDA communications director Matt Herrick said AMS told contract holders last week that it will continue to administer contracts through the end of April, as was budgeted when the original round five was announced in January.
With President Biden’s Agriculture Secretary nomination Tom Vilsack expected to be confirmed Feb. 23, it’s worth looking at what we’ll see at the start of his leadership.