USDA Announces Food and Farm Workers Aid Grants
On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA would be giving $700 million in grants to help farm and food workers who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. These grants are for any farmworker, meatpacking worker, or front-line grocery worker who experienced raised expenses due to the pandemic. These new grants are funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Uses for the grant are “intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), dependent care, and expenses associated with quarantines and testing related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” as stated in the USDA announcement.
Farmers and food workers can receive up to $600 in payments through this program. Funds will also be given to individual state governments, Tribal entities, and nonprofits, ranging from $5 million to $50 million.
Grant applications will be released Fall 2021.