USDA Mandates Private Contractors Packing Food Boxes to Include Letter in Support of Trump

10.01.2020

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USDA Mandates Private Contractors Packing Food Boxes to Include Letter in Support of Trump

Anti-Hunger Advocates: Move to Influence Food Charities “Absolutely Outrageous, Immoral, and Illegal”

The USDA is now requiring private contractors – including charitable nonprofits – packing and distributing food boxes, which were funded under the CARES Act, to include a letter lauding President Trump’s actions on nutrition programs and actions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, said:

“This is absolutely outrageous. It essentially blackmails non-partisan food charities into aiding Trump's re-election campaign by threatening more Americans to go hungry if these food boxes are not distributed. This move by the Trump Administration is illegal and immoral.

When I worked at USDA during the Clinton Administration in the 1990s, we did the exact opposite. We removed USDA labeling from some TEFAP items going to food banks because it was cheaper to send them products with just the normal commercial label. Of course, our attitude was that helping more people was more important than the department getting credit.”

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