Pandemic Assistance Programs March 2022

By March 29, 2022Policy


Local Food Purchasing Cooperative Agreement Program for State, Tribal, and Territorial Governments

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is dedicating up to $400M for cooperative agreements with states, tribal and territorial governments for the purchase of local food to be distributed to high need communities to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency. There is a priority for purchasing from socially disadvantaged farmers and producers. Each state has been allocated a share of the $400M based on a formula that includes the state’s poverty and unemployment rates. AMS will initially only allocate 60% of each state’s total funding to ensure that there are sufficient funds reserved for tribal communities in the state.

Deadline:  EXTENDED TO MAY 6, 2022

Eligibility:  The funding is initially available only to State, Tribal and Territorial Governments but these agencies may partner with NGOs for the purchase and distribution of food.

Click here to view NSAC’s working summary of LFPA including how much money each state is receiving and what we know about how each state is approaching their cooperative agreements.

LFPA One-page fact sheet

USDA AMS Website with full information

LFPA Regional contacts for technical support

USDA Dairy Donation Programfor partnerships between dairy organizations and non-profit organizations 

For eligible dairy organizations to partner with non-profit organizations that distribute food to individuals and families in need. Partnerships are reimbursed for some expenses related to dairy product donations.

Deadline: Rolling. To access application forms, click here.

Eligibility:  The “applicant” is a partnership between what are called eligible dairy organizations and eligible distributors. For more information on eligible dairy products click here and for more information on eligibility to participate click here.

Inquiries can be directed via email.

USDA Overview of the DDP

Press Release: USDA Establishes Dairy Donation Program, Part of Continuing USDA Pandemic Assistance