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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 04:33 PM

Food box deliveries to needy California seniors cut off because of USDA cheese rule

Tens of thousands of low-income California seniors stopped receiving home deliveries of free food just as COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state were peaking, thanks to a century-old federal policy to include surplus cheese in government aid packages.

As the coronavirus began to spread in March and Gov. Gavin Newsom called on millions of seniors to self-isolate, these needy Californians initially were able to have a box of dried food delivered to their homes each month at no cost because federal regulators granted a state request to temporarily waive certain rules governing the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

The three-month exemption allowed food banks to remove cheese — the only perishable item in the boxes — and then use private companies or volunteers to deliver the monthly aid to clients’ homes, rather than require vulnerable seniors to pick them up during the pandemic. Several aid groups relied on Amazon.com and others who agreed to deliver the boxes for free.

But in July, the federal waiver ended and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials refused to extend it, meaning cheese must again be included and, more problematically, refrigerated in transit.

L.A. Times

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quaint Sep 11 #2
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quaint Sep 14 #4

Response to quaint (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 04:48 PM

1. Why aren't the repugs complaining about

unnecessary and soul-killing regulations?

This problem could easily be fixed if a few good people could come together on a common goal - feeding people in need.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 08:07 AM

2. Why did U.S. Ag refuse to extend it?

Sure seems like more "so hurry up and die" policy against seniors.

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Response to quaint (Original post)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 08:25 AM

3. A place where I volunteered lost their grant

They were feeding up to 200 families with fresh produce with surplus and local produce

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Response to cally (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 08:52 AM

4. More sad.

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