NMPF - National Milk Producers Federation

04/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/14/2021 15:05

NMPF Statement on the End of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

From NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern:

'While the Farmers to Families Food Box program was very helpful last year in responding quickly to both last year's food supply chain disruptions and the dramatic rise in the number of Americans experiencing food insecurity, it also had its challenges. That's why we are not surprised by the decision to move beyond the food box program, and in fact, expected it.

'The important focus now is addressing the twin needs of assisting food insecure families and aiding food supply chains like dairy that are still dealing with the effects of reduced foodservice demand. We support USDA's efforts to use multiple programs, including TEFAP, Section 32, the new dairy donation program and other efforts to purchase dairy products, produce, meat and other products for distribution through food banks and other charitable organizations in the most efficient and effective ways. This will help farmers do what they do best: Serve people who benefit from the nutrition they provide.'