The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking feedback through public comments and listening sessions regarding the possible development of new grants and a new food purchase program. The COVID Stimulus Package, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorized no less than $1.5B for grants and loans to small or midsized food processors or distributors, seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, farmers markets, producers, or other organizations to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against COVID–19. The funding also provides for the purchase and distribution of food and agricultural products, including seafood, fresh produce, dairy and meat products to individuals in need.
We want to hear from you!
We are actively seeking feedback from groups and individuals to share their views on how USDA can best target these resources to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agricultural industry and communities in need of nutrition assistance.
We encourage comments from smaller businesses, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and underserved communities, and/or organizations representing these entities.
Submit a Public Comment
- Register for the Grants Listening Session on March 19, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
- Register for the Food Purchase Program Listening Session on March 22, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET
These sessions are not intended for media. All statements made during these sessions are not made for attribution.
- Stakeholder Toolkit (Sample posts and graphics in English and Spanish) (zip)
- View our 1 minute video about the Listening Sessions
Questions regarding the listening sessions can be directed to AMSCOVIDStimulus@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).