National Center for Farmworker Health Awarded $36 Million by US Department of Agriculture to Provide Relief Payments to 48,000 Farmworkers
Contact: Sylvia Partida
Buda, Texas – The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) was recently awarded $36,000,000 of grant funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute payments of up to $600 to approximately 48,000 farmworkers across the nation to help mitigate a portion of the pandemic-related expenses farmworkers have incurred as essential workers. NCFH’s mission is improve the health and wellbeing of farmworker families and providing financial assistance to farmworkers will help put food on the tables of families who have kept food on our tables during the worst pandemic in U.S. history.
NCFH will partner with 24 farmworker-serving organizations nation-wide to conduct outreach, provide information on the program and assist with the application process. These 24 organizations are in 14 states and are trusted in their local communities. Over the two-year project period, the network will distribute payments to approximately 48,000 farmworkers.
Sylvia Partida, Chief Executive Officer of NCFH states, “We are grateful for the opportunity to support the critical outreach work done by local farmworker-serving organizations around the country and to provide direct relief to hard-working farmworkers and their families. While these payments won’t solve the systemic disparities and barriers to jobs with employment benefits, safe and secure homes, and access to health care that some farmworkers face, it will provide tangible help to those who need these funds the most. Most importantly, it’s a small token of our Nation’s gratitude to the people who do the most important work in the world: produce the food we eat.”
Key partner organizations include:
NCFH and partner organizations will also work to connect farmworkers applying for relief payments with critical health and social service providers. “This is a historic opportunity for a network of multiple organizations to connect with farmworker communities in such a large scale and provide them with connections to key resources available to them,” says Sylvia Partida.
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families. We provide information services, training and technical assistance, and a variety of products to community and migrant health centers nationwide, as well as organizations, universities, researchers and individuals involved in farmworker health.
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