Black farmers say their USDA food box contracts were not renewed
This summer, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a non-profit association that for over 50 years has represented Black farmers, landowners, and their co-ops, supplied 19,000 Farmers to Families Food Boxes to community organizations, churches, and nonprofits across three states. However, the Federation’s food box contract was not renewed. Other small growers across the country say they were also neglected by USDA in the last three months, despite earlier contracts, Civil Eats reports. The agency did award new contracts to larger suppliers like Sysco, however.