USDA is launching a new “Buy Fresh” program to purchase $100 million per month in fresh produce from regional and local distributors whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities. USDA also will buy similar quantities of dairy products and meat. The program is expected to continue for six months.
An informational webinar for interested participants will be held at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, to provide an overview of the program and instructions for submitting offers. Register in advance for this webinar here. If you are unable to participate in the webinar, a recording will be available.
You can email questions to USDAFoodBoxDistributionProgram@usda.gov.