As part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program Secretary Perdue announced on April 17 that the USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those in need. USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase fresh produce, dairy, and meat.
USDA will issue a solicitation to invite proposals from offerors to supply commodity boxes to non-profit organizations, identified by the offeror, on a mutually agreeable, recurring schedule. USDA will award contracts for the purchase of the agricultural products, the assembly of commodity boxes and delivery to identified non-profit organizations that can receive, store and distribute food items.
Agricultural Marketing Service’s Commodity Procurement Program will procure an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.
For details on purchases, visit the solicitations page.
Request for Proposal and Applicable Attachments
- RFP – ERAcquisition (pdf)
- RFP Attachment 1 Emergency Aquisition MSCP (pdf)
- RFP Attachment 2 Compilation of TEFAP sites for AMS (xls)
Informational webinar providing an overview of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program
Webinar discussing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) USDA Purchase & Distribution Program. The webinar took place Apr 21, 2020.
Participants: David Tuckwiller, Christopher Purdy, Elizabeth Lober, Hilary Cole
AMS Administrator Discusses Food Box Distribution Program
Call with distributors and non-profit organizations to overview the Food Box Distribution Program portion of the recent $19 billion CFAP announcement. The call took place April 20, 2020.
Participants: Bruce Summers, Administrator, AMS, Mike Beatty, Director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, Brandon Lipps, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
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