Food Supply Funding Programs

Helping nourish others during the pandemic

As a result of the coronavirus, 42 million Americans may face hunger and are at risk of missing out on essential nutrients. The pandemic has strained or broken multiple links in the supply chain; triggered panic-buying in grocery stores; shut down food service channels, restaurants and schools; increased unemployment rates; and overwhelmed food banks.

Farmers, processors, the Feeding America® network of food banks, consumers and the entire value chain must work together to make wholesome, sustainable and nutritious products – like milk and dairy – readily available.

Make a plan. Apply for funding. Nourish those in need.

Explore these programs to find funding to support your business and keep families in your community fed.

Farmers to Families Food Box (FFFB) Program

USDA funding for farmers/producers, food processors, distributors and nonprofits to assemble and deliver food boxes to families in need. Contractors do NOT have to be a qualified USDA bidder. The Farmers to Families Food Box program will sunset at the end of May 2021.

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Milk Donation Reimbursement Program (MDRP)

USDA funding for farmers, processors and similar organizations to provide donated milk to food banks and similar nonprofits. Contractors do NOT have to be qualified USDA bidders.

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

USDA funding for processors and distributors, such as food banks, to provide food to low-income Americans in emergencies. Must become a qualified USDA bidder.

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Dairy Nourishes America (DNA)

A program from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy for dairy organizations – such as cooperatives and independent processors – to increase access to dairy foods for families in need, with multiple available models.

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Milk Purchase Model

A program for consistent purchase of milk by a local food bank from a processor. One of multiple models available in the Dairy Nourishes America program.

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Dairy Donation Program

Under this new program, eligible dairy organizations partner with non-profit feeding organizations that distribute food to individuals and families. Those partnerships may apply for and receive reimbursements to cover some expenses related to eligible dairy product donations.

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Dairy Cooler Toolkit - resources to help you serve your food bank clients

Need guidance? Contact Dairy MAX.

Partners in Feeding Our Communities

  • MilkPEP
  • Feeding America
  • Dairy Management Inc
  • United States Department of Agriculture

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