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Advisor to the president Ivanka Trump on Tuesday announced $1 billion in additional funding for the Trump administration's "Farmers to Families Food Box" program.
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The first daughter launched the program — which connects food distributors and small farms to help deliver food to faith-based groups and families in need during coronavirus — with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in May. The program has secured $3 billion in funding from the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
"Through our Farmers to Families Food Box Program, we are supporting over 200 farms and distributors and over 5,000 American jobs. This program is working for everyone, which is why we will provide an additional $1 billion for our Farmers to Families Food Box Program," Trump wrote in a Wednesday opinion piece for The Fayetteville Observer.
Trump added that the $1 billion commitment "will provide certainty for those in need and to our American farmers and ranchers who feed, fuel and sustain our great [n]ation."
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Additionally, each food box will contain a signed letter from President Trump "underscoring the importance of stopping the spread so that we can defeat this virus together."