The Department of Agriculture this week announced 15 organizations to receive funding through the Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, "The grant recipients today will help us provide relief payments to workers across the country who kept food moving to our families during an especially challenging time."


The program, administered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, uses funding to provide relief to farmworkers and meatpacking workers who incurred pandemic-related health and safety costs.  Funding is also set aside for three pilot programs to support grocery workers in recognition of their essential role in the pandemic response.  These organizations are now preparing systems and will begin implementing outreach so that eligible farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and grocery workers may apply to these grant recipients to receive $600 payments soon.


USDA anticipates that beneficiaries will be able to apply for funds from some of these recipients as soon as late November.


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