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Farm and Food Workers Relief Program

UMOS is proud to offer $600 payments from the USDA to Farmworkers and Meat Packers who worked during the COVID-19 Pandemic, supporting critical aspects of our nation’s food system. Thank you!

This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as but not limited to costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), dependent care, and expenses associated with quarantines and testing. Grant recipients will have a period of two years (24 months) to distribute direct relief in the form of $600 flat-rate payments per eligible beneficiary. This is not a renewable nor annual benefit. Once a worker has been verified as eligible, the worker is to receive a single $600 payment to be released in a single financial transaction.

What is the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR)?

The FFWR program will provide a single, $600 direct relief payment to farm workers and meatpacking workers, for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is eligible?

Frontline workers in farming activities and meatpacking, during the period extending from January 27, 2020 until the end of the incident period for the major disaster declaration related to COVID-19 are eligible to receive funding.

What is needed to apply?

Workers will need to provide sufficient proof of employment at a food processing facility, meatpacking facility, or farm. Workers must also submit sufficient proof of identity when requesting funds.

Potential Proof of Identity Documents

*at least one of these items

  • State issued drivers licenses or Identification
  • Consular or Government Issued Identification (Foreign or Domestic)
  • H2A Visa/ H2B Visa
  • Any other photo identification
  • Non-Photo Identification: Two forms of other documentation with individual’s name

Potential Proof of Employment Documents

*at least one of these items

  • W-2 Tax Form
  • Paystub
  • Employer Letter/Contract
  • H2A Visa/ H2B Visa
  • Photographic Evidence (at worksite)

UMOS is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider. Auxiliary aids and resources are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

For more information about these services:

Call:  1-833-758-2004 / 956-596-0612
Text: 956-596-0612


UMOS’ Farm and Food Worker Relief Program is funded 100% by:

The US Department of Agriculture