USDA is partnering 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 $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products. Purchased food will be packaged into food boxes; distributors and wholesalers will work with identified nonprofits to provide food boxes to those in need.
What Is Included in Food Boxes?
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will procure food boxes that meet pre-approved standards. Food boxes will include:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- a variety of dairy products
- a variety of meat products
Who was Awarded a Contract to Distribute Food Boxes in Texas?
Awarded vendors in the Southwest Region are listed here. Please note, not all awarded contractors will operate in Texas.
Who Can Distribute Food Boxes to those In Need?
Distributors and wholesalers can provide pre-approved boxes of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, to community and faith based organizations, and other nonprofits, including public schools, to serve Americans in need.
How Can Nonprofits Help Distribute Food Boxes?
Nonprofits, such as schools or food banks, that are capable of packaging and/or distributing food boxes to Texans can connect with awarded distributors or wholesalers.
USDA has published Frequently Asked Questions for nonprofit organizations seeking to receive food through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Nonprofits may also contact any awarded contractors (listed in the link above) to coordinate food receipt and delivery.
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