TOaccording to Agriculture Minister Tom Vilsack, $ 700 million in competition grant financing will be added to the new Farming and Food Workers Assistance (FFWR) to help frontline workers in the farming and meat processing industries. All of them will be paid health and safety costs due to the pandemic. During a press call from Diana Tellefson Torres, Executive Director, United Farm Workers Foundation, and Mark Perrone, President of United Food and Commercial Workers International… It was also confirmed that $ 20 million of this revenue will go towards at least one pilot program that will support grocery workers to help them support them in the future.
All these costs are directly related to the effect COVID-19 the pandemic could affect workers in these areas. When the crisis began, they were the first to be exposed to the virus, and many of them died due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), lack of testing and funding to allow them to be quarantined when they become infected. All of this is changing now with these incentive checks being carried out as soon as the winter season kicks off as holiday shopping spills across the country. Vilsack confirmed that Request for Application (RFA) The program will be announced in early fall and will run for 60 days.
Vislack thanks all the front line for their sacrifices.
Estos foundations will be awarded grants to all government agencies, breeding organizations and non-profit organizations that specifically serve all these frontline workers. The amount to be paid periodically will vary from USD 5,000,000 to USD 50,000,000… This is how Vilsack said: “When we celebrate the social and economic achievements of the workers of our country at Labor Day” – said the secretary Vilsak.
“They deserve to be recognized for their resilience and financial support for their efforts to meet personal and family needs while continuing to provide essential services. This grant program is another component of this. Administrationefforts to provide assistance to mitigate the impact of the pandemic are being distributed to those who need it most. ”
“Este Labor DayLet’s not forget the sacrifices that farm workers made as key workers to keep our food supplies safe during the pandemic. And as we honor the contributions of workers across our country, let us express our gratitude to the men and women who are feeding America and the world. V UFW Foundation worked tirelessly to advance legislation that would enable the USDA to support agricultural workers during this pandemic, “added Diana Tellefson Torres, Executive Director of the UFW Foundation.
<< We applaud the Biden-Harris administration, Secretary of State Vilsak and USDA for recognizing the vital role of agricultural workers in ensuring food security and the country’s economy through this new program. The job will not be completed until much-needed pandemic relief reaches agricultural workers across the country, and we look forward to working with USDA to this end. “