The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded 15 non-profits over $600 million in Farm and Food Workers Relief Program grants to assist farm workers, meatpackers, and grocery workers nationwide with direct COVID-19 related relief payments. Farm workers, meatpackers, and grocery workers were classified by the federal government as “essential workers” during the height of the pandemic.
Milwaukee-based nonprofit UMOS will receive $56,886,475 to implement the program in 13 states.
It’s the largest grant in the history of UMOS, which was established in 1965. UMOS has doubled in size during the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing its market service territory from 7 states to 13. It has increased its annualized grant contract revenue from $53 million at the end of 2021 to almost $100 million today.