Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Farm Bureau Looks for Solutions to Feeding the Hungry

News / In The News April 13, 2020

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America are asking the USDA to create a voucher program that would allow farmers to get food from their fields to America's food banks. The coronavirus pandemic has caused an increase in demand at food banks.

"As you are aware, food banks are under tremendous pressure to meet the skyrocketing demand," Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Feeding America CEO, and Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau, wrote in a letter addressed to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday. "At the same time, however, we are seeing literally tons of agricultural goods being discarded because of the shutdown of so much of the economy."

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