Ivanka Trump visited Coastal Sunbelt Produce's Laurel, Md., distribution facility May 15 to highlight the Farmers to Families Food Box Program; Sunbelt received a $4.54 million contract in the program. Officials on the facility tour include Sunbelt CEO John Corso (second from left, talking to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (far right). ( Courtesy Meghan Rodgers/USDA )

Ivanka Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Coastal Sunbelt Produce as the company began packing produce in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

The box program, which awarded $1.22 billion to companies across the country on May 8, is one of the ways the administration is using COVID-19 stimulus fund packages to help the agriculture industry, while getting needed supplies to food banks.

The May 15 visit officially kicked off the program, part of a $19 billion program for the agriculture industry to help start supply chains getting food to charities to distribute. Another $16 billion is for direct payments to producers; more details will be released May 19 on that program.

Workers packed boxes with fresh vegetables as Trump, Perdue and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, all wearing face masks, toured the facility with Coastal Sunbelt CEO John Corso.

Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, is identified by the USDA as senior advisor to the president.

President Trump praised the program at a White House event on May 15, according to the Associated Press.

“It'll be helping farmers, ranchers, but it'll be bringing food to some of the food lines and some of the food kitchens that you've been seeing on television,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

Pictures of the event are available on the USDA’s flickr account.

For more coverage of the Farmer to Families Box Program, see The Packer's COVID-19 webpage.

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