Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Extended by USDA

Program producer application deadline is September 11.

Free meals have been provided to millions of children during the pandemic through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). While the program is usually limited to the summer months when children are not in school, the early closure of schools due to the coronavirus outbreak led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin the program early. Secretary Perdue announced this week that the program, parts of which were set to expire in August and September, has been extended through December 31.

“This extension of summer program authority will employ summer program sponsors to ensure meals are reaching all children – whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually – so they are fed and ready to learn, even in new and ever-changing learning environments,” Secretary Perdue stated.

On the production side of CFAP, the USDA has made available additional commodities under the program. The application deadline for producers has been extended to September 11. The Farm Service Agency is facilitating the process for producers.

“President Trump is standing with America’s farmers and ranchers to ensure they get through this pandemic and continue to produce enough food and fiber to feed America and the world,” Secretary Perdue said. “CFAP is just one of the many ways USDA is helping producers weather the impacts of the pandemic.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Secretary Perdue and the Department of Agriculture as they oversee CFAP. 
  • For the Farm Service Agency as they assist farmers and ranchers with applications and funding.
  • For the president’s administration as efforts continue to mitigate the pandemic.

Sources: CNN, 


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