The Department of Agriculture this week announced the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food nationwide through the fifth round of the program. 

Set to expire at the end of 2020, the recent coronavirus aid package provided more funding for the program. 

In total, USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Secretary Perdue says this new round will “go a long way in helping American families access nutritious and healthy meals.” 

USDA will again purchase combination boxes to ensure all involved recipient organizations have access to fresh produce, dairy, meat products, and seafood will also be included in this round. 

Contract awards are expected to be made by January 19. 

Deliveries will begin shortly after awards and continue through the end of April.

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)