Nowadays, many farmers are stuck with an oversupply of produce and many households are short on money.
Fortunately for both, the USDA has stepped in with a program to give excess food to those in need and Guam will be reaping the benefits later this month.
The Farmers to Families program will distribute 13,500 boxes of food commodities starting Monday, October 19.
Each box will contain fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, meat, and butter.
Pacific Unlimited, a local firm, was awarded the contract to handle the food distribution.
The company’s vice president, Mike Limtiaco, says the process of distributing food will be coordinated with village mayors as well as non-profits such as Catholic Social Services.
Matson is also helping by providing refrigerated containers and generators to store the large amounts of food.
Limtiaco says residents who want to receive food boxes must prove their need in accordance with federal guidelines.
“The program is a two-year program and in order for us to be eligible for it, it’s important that we follow the USDA guidelines on how the food needs to be distributed,” Limtiaco said.
Those who wish to apply for the program should reach out to their mayor’s office.