HARRISBURG PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that his department has received approval to continue operating the Disaster Household Distribution Program to provide food to Pennsylvanians adversely affected by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Originally approved by the USDA on March 27, the Disaster Household Distribution Program, set to expire the end of May, has been approved through June 25. Those in need of food through June 25 simply need to show up and receive their food. In addition to removing barriers for Pennsylvanians to access food, the waiver allows the Department of Agriculture and its partners to distribute USDA Foods – including meats, vegetables, fruits, canned goods, cereal, rice, pasta, eggs, milk, and more – to those in need. The department estimates that in 2020, the Bureau of Food Assistance will move more than $80 million of USDA foods through PA‘s charitable food system in all 67 counties. Pennsylvanians interested in receiving a box through the Farmers to Families Food Box program should contact their local food bank for distribution information.

RUSSELL REDDING