Starting in March 2023, farm and meatpacking workers can apply for a one-time $600 pandemic relief payment through Pasa Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more.

Starting in March 2023, farm and meatpacking workers can apply for a one-time $600 pandemic relief payment through Pasa Sustainable Agriculture.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the federal government distributed several rounds of relief payments to small businesses, including farm owners. This relief was vital in keeping many of these small businesses operating during an unprecedented time.

But these relief efforts did not directly support frontline workers, like farmworkers and meatpacking workers, who continued to report to their jobs at the height of the pandemic, when much of the population was ordered to stay home.

Pasa, alongside other organizations across the country, advocated for relief for pandemic-related expenses incurred by farm and food workers. In response, the USDA announced its Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Grant Program.

Pasa is one of 14 organizations and one tribal entity working with the USDA to distribute one-time $600 relief payments to food and farm workers. Our distribution area covers 14 states including Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Applicants outside of these states will be eligible to apply for relief payments through other organizations.

We are preparing our systems and hiring staff to distribute these payments to eligible beneficiaries starting in March 2023.

Questions

Please review the FAQs below. If you still have questions, contact info@pasafarming.org or call 814.349.9856.

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FAQs

Who is eligible for relief payments?

Eligible beneficiaries for this program are defined by the USDA as hired frontline workers in farming activities, meatpacking, or grocery store work. 

Pasa is processing applications for farmworkers and meatpacking workers only. Grocery workers can apply for relief through other organizations. Visit USDA’s Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program website for more information.

Pasa will be accepting and processing applications from eligible farmworkers and meatpacking workers who worked in the following states sometime between January 2020 and today: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. 

Applicants outside of those states will be eligible to apply through other organizations. Visit USDA’s Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program website for more information.

I am an eligible worker seeking a relief payment. How and when can I apply to receive a payment?

Pasa anticipates opening its relief payment application system in March 2023. Other organizations may be opening their application systems at other times. Applications will be accepted until July 2024, or until funds are depleted.

What will eligible workers need to submit to Pasa to apply for a relief payment?

Eligible workers will need to submit personal information including their name, address, place of employment, etc. They will also submit proof of employment that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and proof of identification. This information will be passed through a third party system that is not accessible by USDA. 

How will eligible workers receive relief payments?

If approved, the eligible workers can choose to receive their $600 payment by check or ACH direct deposit. Eligible workers can also get their payment as a Visa gift card if they apply in-person.

Will information and applications be available in languages other than English?

All marketing and communications will be created in English and Spanish, as well as other languages still to be determined.

Is there a timeframe during which workers must be employed to be eligible for a relief payment?

Yes, relief payments will be available to eligible workers who performed work in farming activities, meatpacking, and grocery store work during the period extending from January 20, 2020, until the end of the incident period for the major disaster declaration related to COVID-19. 

Will Pasa be working with partners to distribute the relief payments?

Yes. Pasa will be working with state Departments of Agriculture, nonprofit farmworker and social services organizations, as well as farm managers and meatpacking plant administrators across a 14-state region to support outreach and relief payment distribution.

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We will be hiring a number of positions to support Pasa’s administration of this program. More positions will become available over time.


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