IDFA Briefing on USDA’s New Food Box Distribution Program


USDA released solicitation and information about the $3 billion Food Box Distribution Program, which was announced one week ago by Secretary Perdue. This program is open to food producers, processors, and distributors that will supply food commodities including milk and a variety of dairy products to food banks, schools and non-profit organizations. On Wednesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. ET, IDFA President & CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M., will host a web-based briefing alongside other IDFA experts to help break down this important new program for IDFA members, including how to create a proposal that is responsive to USDA’s set of guidelines for the new initiative. Proposals are due to USDA no later than Friday, May 1.

The Food Box Distribution Program is administered by USDA AMS. The program will procure an estimated $300 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh milk and a variety of dairy products, and pre-cooked pork and chicken products to provide to food banks and other non-profits serving Americans in need. USDA will award contracts for the purchase of the agricultural products, the assembly of commodity boxes and delivery to identified non-profit organizations that can receive, store and distribute food items. To learn more about the Food Box Distribution Program, see IDFA’s analysis in this IDFA Blog.

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We look forward to presenting this briefing to our members and answering any questions you may have.

Due to an anticipated high number of participants, access to the live webinar may be limited. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please note that IDFA will provide an on-demand recording for members in our Knowledge Center, under Webinars, once the webinar is concluded. We are available to answer any questions at


Michael Dykes, D.V.M.
President & CEO
International Dairy Foods Association

Making a Difference for Dairy

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