UPDATED 7:19 AM PT – Tuesday, August 25, 2020
President Trump made his rounds in North Carolina on Monday, just before accepting the Republican nomination for his reelection bid. He addressed supporters in Fletcher before giving remarks at a food bank in Mills River.
During his visit to the food bank, the president announced he would approve an additional $1 billion to the Farmers to Families Food Box program.
“I’m proud to announce that we will provide an additional $1 billion dollars to fund the Farmers to Families Food Box programs,” he stated. “It’s worked out so well.”
Under the program, the Department of Agriculture buys food from farmers and distributes it to local churches,food banks and non profit organizations.
Through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, @USDA purchases goods from farmers, local distributors pack and deliver the boxes, and families in need receive fresh, nutritious food. ?
Roughly 7,000 boxes have been delivered each week! pic.twitter.com/Yx6JXyUHCm
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 24, 2020
The initiative has reportedly delivered roughly 70 million boxes to families in need and was first launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has called the historic program “a big win for the American people.”
Our Farmers to Families Food Box Program has fed more than 100 Million meals to people since its launch just weeks ago in response to COVID-19.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 25, 2020