DiMare Fresh Approved for Second Round of Funding by USDA for "Farmers to Families Food Box" Program
DALLAS, TX - The USDA has announced it will be extending contracts to some well-performing contractors for the “Farmers to Families Food Box” program. DiMare Fresh has been approved for a second round of funding by the USDA. The initial round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program contracts will be completed on June 30, and DiMare Fresh will continue to provide essential support through the next performance period of July 1–August 31.
“As a family-owned business that’s over 90-years-old, and as farmers ourselves—we are appreciative to be involved with the USDA and this very worthy, and much needed, Farmers to Families Food Box Program,” said Tony DiMare, an Owner at DiMare Fresh. “We would like to thank our suppliers in the farming and shipping communities, as well as our people who have stayed committed and have been working non-stop since day one delivering the boxes. We also extend our gratitude to the non-profit organizations and their mostly volunteer staff for distributing the boxes within the communities.”
Since May 15, DiMare Fresh has packed and delivered 1,434,000 boxes, at over 27,246,000 pounds, according to the release. By June 30, DiMare Fresh will have supplied food boxes to over 225 individual non-profit organizations and food banks.
While delivering primarily in the state of Texas, the company has also made deliveries in four additional states in the Southwest region. The goal with the next round of funding will be to continue to keep the existing non-profit organizations supplied, add new groups to begin receiving product, and enter additional states in the Southwest region.
“Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the need for food assistance has increased drastically and the Houston Food Bank has ramped up its distribution significantly,” said Brian Greene, President and CEO of the Houston Food Bank. “As we work to provide a steady flow of nutritious, healthy food to our communities, this support from DiMare Fresh is absolutely crucial. We are grateful to be able to count DiMare Fresh as a partner in addressing hunger and food insecurity in Texas and nationwide.”
DiMare Fresh will continue to utilize its long-standing relationships with local and regional food banks and other nonprofits, such as the Houston Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, Community Table, and Brighter Bites. This second round of funding will continue to allow DiMare Fresh to expand to other hunger relief organizations and operations working to provide those in need with fresh food.
“The recent USDA Farm to Table Program has proven to be a real cooperative winner between the government, produce growers, produce distributors, ministries, and churches,” said Bryan Herr, Vice President of Creative Outreach Ministries in Conroe, Texas. “Having previously been in the produce business for thirty years, I know how much work is involved in securing, packing, and delivering millions of pounds of product to folks in need. DiMare Fresh has done an excellent job providing high-quality product in a timely and efficient manner. By working together, an untold amount of people in need got access to fresh, nutritious produce in a time of great hardship. Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.”
On April 17, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. In response, AMS developed the Farmers to Families Food Box Program and partnered with national, regional, and local suppliers, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice businesses. Suppliers pack food products into family-sized boxes and then transport them to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.
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