The following is information we (the management & staff of the Montgomery Area Food Bank) wish to share with our agencies about our current product status:
•For the past almost three years, we’ve had Trade Mitigation Product (TMO) as part of USDA coming in. Tons and tons of it to help US farmers who were left with no place for their products to go. This product has unfortunately stopped as trade resumed with China.
•Several of the other programs that were put in place initially when COVID hit have also ended. Whether they will be funded again is unknown.
•We hope USDA will increase TEFAP or that the new administration will provide more relief programs.
•All that said, we realize you -- our agencies -- are going to be even more frustrated that we don’t have much on the catalog.
•We realize that your client demand has only gotten worse and we also realize you are frustrated and probably scared as to how you can meet that demand.
•We are purchasing what we can and sourcing as much food as we can.
•We assure you that we are doing all we can to help you.
•Also know and understand that we have close to 300 active agencies all competing for product we do have.
•We are doing our best to make sure it is a fair and equitable distribution - we need you -- our agencies -- and couldn’t do what we do without you,.
Thank you for your continued patience and know we are doing the best we can to provide for as many agencies as humanly possible.