What’s in those USDA boxes?
RC Rybnikar sends these photos (thanks!) of examples from USDA’s Farmers to Families program. The label.
Looks good to me.
And now the USDA is expanding its list of commodities in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
Here’s what’s been added:
alfalfa sprouts, anise, arugula, basil, bean sprouts, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, celeriac (celery root), chives, cilantro, coconuts, collard greens, dandelion greens, greens (others not listed separately), guava, kale greens, lettuce – including Boston, green leaf, Lolla Rossa, oak leaf green, oak leaf red and red leaf – marjoram, mint, mustard, okra, oregano, parsnips, passion fruit, peas (green), pineapple, pistachios, radicchio, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, fresh sugarcane, Swiss chard, thyme and turnip top greens.
Here’s what’s been expanded: apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, raspberries, tangerines and taro (Why? Because USDA found these commodities had a 5 percent or greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic).
Let’s hope this helps small- and medium-size producers of these foods, and the foods get to people who need them.