USDA seeks comments on food purchase program, will host listening session

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) seeks comments on the development, coordination and implementation of a food purchase and distribution program intended to provide additional aid to nonprofits serving Americans in need of nutrition assistance.

If implemented, the program will serve as a successor to the temporary food box purchase program created in April 2020 in response to the rapidly developing crisis within the food supply chain and increased joblessness due to COVID-19. While the food box effort served some communities well, it faced challenges in others.

Comments can be submitted through midnight Eastern Time on Mar. 31 via online portal or by email to AMSCOVIDStimulus@usda.gov. We welcome feedback from all interested parties, and we appreciate early response. Additional information is available on the AMS website.

In addition, AMS will host a listening session to provide groups and individuals an opportunity to share their views on how USDA can best serve people in need of food assistance, as well as the industry, through this program. All interested stakeholders are invited to attend.

Listening Session Information

The listening session will be conducted via webinar using ZOOM.

Date and Time: Mar. 22, 2021 from 2-5 p.m. ET

Registration will remain open until the start of the event, or until the session is full. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AMS will make the agenda for the session available on the website by Mar. 19.