USDA Office of Communications
(Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Sonny Perdue today announced new contacts to encourage communication with
USDA to help feed kids and ensure the United States food supply chain
remains strong in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
is essential all year round, but in the face of a pandemic it is critical
the shelves remain stocked and supplies remain plentiful. America’s farmers
and ranchers, and those on the front lines in the food service industry are
doing their part,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump is encouraging a
whole of America approach to the challenges we currently face. At USDA we
know when we work together to solve the problems facing us, we can overcome
this time of uncertainty and fear. If you have ideas or solutions for USDA,
I urge you to reach out – we want to hear from the experts in the field.”
solutions to feeding children impacted by COVID-19, email FeedingKids@usda.gov.
For solutions impacting America’s food supply chain and other logistical
complications, email FoodSupplyChain@usda.gov.
Secretary Perdue announced a collaboration
with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global,
PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals per week to students
in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19. These boxes
will contain five days worth of shelf-stable, nutritious, individually
packaged foods that meet USDA’s summer food requirements. The use of this
innovative delivery system will ensure rural children receive nutritious
food while limiting exposure to COVID-19.
week, Secretary Perdue announced proactive flexibilities
to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure
to the coronavirus. During an unexpected school closure, schools can
leverage their participation in one of USDA’s meal programs to provide
meals to students. Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served
in a group setting. However, in a public health emergency, the law allows
USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is
vital during a social distancing situation.
Food Supply Chain:
Trump’s whole of government approach is ensuring food and essentials are
constantly available. USDA has been in communication with Food and Grocery Stakeholders
and Executives and has hosted stakeholder calls with President Trump at the
White House to discuss the impact COVID-19 has on America’s food supply
it is important to have shelf-stable foods on hand, there is no need to
hoard items. Our supply chains remain strong, so please do your part to
ensure we stay calm and act responsibly.