May 25, 2020

Borden Dairy given USDA contract

Borden Dairy given USDA contract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Borden Dairy Company the largest contract through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP). The $147 million contract will provide over 700 million servings of dairy products to families in need.

“Borden applauds the USDA for taking this monumental step to ensure that Americans have convenient access to nutrition during this difficult time in our nation’s history. This USDA contract allows Borden to exponentially grow our coronavirus relief efforts that are already underway,” said Borden CEO Tony Sarsam in a press release. “The 3,300 people of Borden are incredibly proud to further support our communities and eager to begin fulfilling more donation requests immediately.” 

CFAP will use funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities. The goal of CFAP is to provide direct support based on losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted by assisting producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs. CFAP’s $19 billion relief program provides direct support to agricultural producers as well as the Food Box Distribution Program.

CFAP’s Food Box Distribution program will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been notably impacted by the closures due to COVID-19, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat. This will begin with the procurement of an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.

“The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America’s farmers and ranchers,” stated U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a press release. “This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need.”

The USDA contract awarded to Borden will supply milk to consumers in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.  

Non-profit organizations interested in receiving a production donation from Borden can email