The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $665 million relief program for farmers and food workers, providing them with a one-time stimulus check of $600.
The Farm and Food Workers Relief program is aimed at helping those who have been financially impacted by the ongoing pandemic. One such organization, Comite de Bienestar, based in Arizona, is assisting farmers and helping Mexican Americans and immigrants overcome financial difficulties. Tony Reyes, the director of Comite de Bienestar, states that the relief program is not exclusive to field workers and that anyone who has something to do with the agriculture industry can apply.
Eligible workers include meatpacking and grocery workers, as well as those employed in the agriculture industry. Nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and tribal entities have until February 8, 2022, to apply for grants between $5 million and $50 million from the federal government.
To claim the $600 stimulus check, eligible workers must have worked legally on any day between January 2020 and the end of December 2022. Those living in Arizona can call Comite de Bienestar at 928-315-6025 to see if they qualify and how to apply for the money. Those living elsewhere can refer to a list of organizations compiled by the USDA, which includes contact information, the type of workers it is providing benefits to, and the coverage areas.
The USDA advises that individuals check with local organizations for any additional eligibility requirements. The USDA urged individuals to carefully go through the list of grant recipients and find the appropriate organization that will provide them with one-time direct relief.
In conclusion, the Farm and Food Workers Relief program by the USDA is providing a $600 stimulus check to eligible farmers and food workers, but they need to take action to claim it. Nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and tribal entities have until February 8, 2022, to apply for grants between $5 million and $50 million from the federal government. Individuals are advised to check with their local organizations for any additional eligibility requirements.