In response to the devastating effects that have been felt by the food service sector due to the restaurant and school closures, United Fresh Produce Association has sent letters to government representatives in Congress and to Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging them to take action.
The letters explain: “Distributors serving schools and restaurants have seen this sector dry up almost overnight. The cruel reality is that these children and their families still need to be fed, and the fresh produce supply chain continues to have the capability and supply but lacks the flexibility and resources necessary to meet the needs of their communities.”
After thorough analysis of the issues, United Fresh has outlined their recommendations to help alleviate the effects of the crisis. The recommendations include Grower-Shipper Market Stabilization Program and a Fresh Produce Supply Chain Stabilization Program.
In an update sent out on Monday, March 23rd, it was stated that after gathering intelligence from the industry, the request for a $1 billion fund has been increased to a request for a $5 billion fund. This fund would be utilized to address claims filed by food service distributors who have outstanding expenditures to grower-shippers.
United Fresh urges community members to take action by contacting their government representative and asking them to support relief for the fresh produce supply chain. This can be done here.