Royal Food Service Continues to Nourish Communities in the time of COVID-19 Through the USDA Farmers to Families Program

With produce, it’s personal!

Now more than ever, Royal understands how important fresh food is to EVERYONE. That’s why Royal Food Service is proud to partner with the USDA to nourish communities all over Georgia through the Farmers to Families Program. This relief effort program helps farmers impacted by COVID-19 while also feeding families in need. Food that was grown pre-pandemic is rerouted to families in need relieving farmers of their crops while nourishing families in need. Recipients are located all over Georgia from Rome to Warrenton and in between.

 

How Does The Farmers to Families Program Work?

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with national, regional and local suppliers, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other foodservice businesses, to purchase up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products. The program will supply boxes packaged with fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat products, and a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. Suppliers will package these products into family-sized boxes, then transport them to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. The first round of purchases totaling up to $1.2 billion occurred from May 15 through June 30, 2020. The second round will aim to purchase up to $1.47 billion July 1 through August 31, 2020. AMS may elect to extend the period of performance of the contracts, via option periods, dependent upon program success and available remaining funds, up to $3 billion.

 

 

Where are Farmers to Families Food Boxes Distributed?

Over an eight week period, Royal is delivering family-sized boxes packed with fresh, healthy, delicious produce to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits. Boxes weigh approximately twenty pounds each and can feed a family of four. Locations include several school systems where parents can grab boxes to take home while picking up to-go meals for students in addition to a number of community and faith-based organizations. Some locations include schools where parents can pick up a produce box while grabbing school provided to-go meals for their children. Click here to see #FarmerstoFamilies boxes being distributed at West Clayton Elementary via a drop of 720 boxes from Royal Food Service. Boxes were made available at several Clayton County Schools locations.