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The USDA is purchasing food in response to trade tariffs imposed by various countries. The USDA has agreed to purchase $1.2 billion of agricultural products to help support farmers and stabilize the market in relation to these tariffs. This includes apples, fresh milk, frozen meat, and other frozen items.
This product will be distributed to people in need through the TEFAP program across the country. The USDA is working with Feeding America and the network of food banks to distribute this food. We are pleased for this opportunity to distribute more food throughout our network, and recognize that this may take some extra logistics for handling and distributing perishable products in a safe and timely manner. We are looking to our agency partners to be a part of the solution for distributing this highly desired product that families, children, and seniors are relying on.
This bonus product is currently anticipated to be distributed October 2018 - March 2019, but could continue beyond that timeframe.
Harvesters will receive this bonus product and allocate it to you, our TEFAP partners.
At this time, we anticipate that most of this product can be delivered with your regularly-scheduled TEFAP deliveries. If additional deliveries are requested or required, Harvesters will work with you to make these arrangements.
Bonus product includes fresh apples, fresh dairy milk, frozen meat, and some other frozen items. This is in addition to the standard TEFAP items your agency receives and distributes.
Because of the large quantities, your TEFAP orders from Harvesters will be larger. Please accept those orders according to the standard processes.
With this additional product, please consider distributing more product to families when they visit your organization (within reasonable household distribution expectations).
This is highly-desired product and will be a great supplement to the quality and variety in the TEFAP program. As you can imagine with this large increase in perishable product, food banks and the agency network may feel some strain and may face various capacity concerns. Please contact Harvesters directly to discuss barriers or concerns.
As we previously notified you, we are expecting large quantities of fresh milk among this additional product.
Fresh milk considerations:
Milk should be distributed within 7-10 days of receiving it at your agency.
USDA and both states have designated that this milk can be distributed to families WEEKLY. In general, people can only receive TEFAP product once per month. This milk is an exception, so distribute this more often to keep the product moving.
You can distribute milk based on household size. For example, larger families can receive multiple half-gallons. Please consider this when determining how much milk you can receive and distribute.
There will be options for your agency to pick up milk orders at Harvesters, if you can distribute more through your agency. Contact Lisa Chappell at 816-929-3223 to arrange for additional pick-up appointments for this milk.
Please contact Lisa Chappell at 816-929-3223 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.