Program to Help Farmers, the Hungry Gets Rocky Start

The Farmers to Families Food Box program, which aimed to take food from
farmers typically produced for restaurants and deliver it to millions of people unemployed or otherwise harmed by the pandemic, has drawn criticism from food banks, analysts and some U.S. senators, primarily for awarding contracts to often inexperienced vendors who could not deliver.

Reporting from Reuters shows the program fell short of its target to deliver
$1.2 billion worth of food to food banks, churches, and other organizations by June.

As of July 1, the agency verified that 27.5 million food boxes had been delivered during the first round. That is equivalent to about 63 percent of the $1.2 billion pledged.

As of July 7, some 32 million food boxes had been verified delivered.

Source: Reuters