COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, the USDA exercised authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need.
The USDA partnered with national, regional and local distributors whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase up to $4.5 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American producers of all sizes.
In June 2020, The growingSOUL Collaborative, a community-based sustainable food network, expanded from the Mid-Atlantic to include New York's Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island. The Collaborative focuses on feeding marginalized communities most impacted by Covid-19, pivoting to serve those living in the initial epicenter of the virus and its economic fallout.
This Summer, growingSOUL began delivery of 30 pound boxes of fresh produce, dairy and meat to the Mid-Atlantic and NYC as a "Last Mile Delivery" partner for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. Since June 2020, growingSOUL organized 435 truck deliveries from 6 vendors while sharing out 366,994 fresh food boxes and distributing 11,936,940 pounds of food.
The initiative has fed more than 1.4M people
The USDA Program is over. The trucks are empty.
Deliveries have halted. People are more in need than ever.
Food insecurity in the United States is dire.
In December 2020, D.C., Maryland and Virginia had upwards of 1.8 million people struggling with hunger. In New York City alone, an estimated 1.5 million are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. These numbers are increasing by the day and severity of the pandemic and economic crisis.
We are turning to the community for assistance
$25 buys a box of culturally appropriate food for a family of 4
$250 rents a truck to deliver the boxes directly to families
$25,000 will cover delivering 20,000 pounds of healthy fresh produce to neighbors in need.
$100,000 will cover 4 trucks of 1000+ boxes each for a family of 4