On Monday, May 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host the next call in a series of weekly private sector calls for updates on the COVID-19 response. As previously stated in Spotlight, the CDC is now conducting private sector calls detailing what the CDC knows and what it is doing in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC plans to host calls every Monday for the foreseeable future.

Sonia Salas

On April 17 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those in need.  USDA will join with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the reduction in foodservice sales, to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat. 

Kim Sherman

On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $15 million campaign to expand the Farm to Family Program, a partnership between CDFA and the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) to facilitate food donations from farmers and ranchers by supporting food production, processing and distribution of the food supply chain.

To jumpstart the $15 million campaign, intended to run through the end of the year, the Governor unveiled $3.64 million in new funding, including $2.86 million from USDA and $775,000 committed by philanthropy.

Cory Lunde

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