Ivanka Trump push food distribution program.

WASHINGTON : Under the “Farmers to Families Food Box Program,” the federal government buys meat, produce and dairy products from farmers and ranchers, then provides it to local distribution centers that pack and deliver food boxes to those in need.

It “really creates a virtuous cycle,” Ivanka Trump told USA TODAY in an interview, citing a “robust demand” from food producers, consumers, and “the most vulnerable in these challenging times.”

Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who also participated in the interview, said the program will also address gaps in the food supply chain spawned by the coronavirus

The program is a symbol of how the president’s eldest daughter is making her presence felt on a number of issues during the coronavirus pandemic. She has pushed for more aid to small businesses in programs designed to manufacture personal protective equipment, the paycheck protection program, and economic injury disaster loans. (courtesy – USA TODAY)