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RAFI-USA’s COVID-19 Response & Resources

Last Updated: 4/7/2020

How We’re Supporting Impacted Farmers

RAFI-USA staff continue our current work on issues affecting farmers and rural communities. In addition, as the impacts of the coronavirus continue to unfold, we are evaluating what other work may be needed to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Current issues we are working on include:

  • Supporting farmers markets and farmers whose marketing channels will be impacted by social distancing or school closure
  • RAFI-USA will be offering emergency mini-grants for farmers who have experienced a drastic loss of income as a result of the virus and need immediate assistance for household expenses. Please sign up here to receive updates via email, or check our social media channels for updates (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Our Farmers of Color Network plans to introduce its farmer grants program this spring. We are evaluating whether there are ways we can adjust this grants program to better meet the needs of farmers given the impacts of COVID-19 on their businesses.

Are you a farmer whose business is impacted by social distancing or other coronavirus mitigation measures? Complete this brief survey to let us know how RAFI-USA can best support your business right now and after the pandemic threat has passed.

Resource List

Grant & Loan Opportunities

For Farmers

  • RAFI-USA emergency mini-grants for NC farmers drastically impacted by COVID-19: the application is not yet live but farmers can sign up to receive updates here.
  • Farmer Relief Fund Grants from American Farmland Trust – $1,000 grants for direct marketing farmers, applications due April 23rd
  • Emergency $500 mini-grants for independent livestock and poultry farmers – Food Animals Concerns Trust (FACT). Apply Here.

For Small Businesses and Communities

Webinars and Resources

For Farmers

For Farmers Market Managers, Farmworkers, and Communities

For Consumers

  • Where to Buy Local: map of farms in NC and SC providing on-farm, pick-up, or home delivery sales, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Meat Suite is a website designed to help consumers in NY and NC find locally produced, high quality meats in bulk
  • Connect with local farms using the Visit NC Farm App and arrange for curbside pickup or delivery of seasonal products

Official Guidance & Resources

For Farmers

For Communities and Organizations

For Consumers

Ways to Help

  • Donate to RAFI-USA: with your support we can continue to adapt our programming and policy advocacy to support farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities impacted by COVID-19
  • List of requested donations for NC farmworkers impacted by COVID-19, Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry
  • Firsthand Foods Community Fund – Effort to raise $8,000 in 60 days to donate meat to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

RAFI-USA Staff

In an effort to do our part for social distancing, RAFI-USA staff are working remotely until further notice. Events and meetings that were scheduled have been cancelled or postponed. Due to our flexible work from home policy, RAFI-USA staff are equipped to continue most of our work remotely.

RAFI-USA staff are currently working remotely. As we plan for how COVID-19 will change both how we do our work, and what work needs to be done, please know that we are still here. Our farmer hotline (866-586-6746) will operate from Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Stay tuned for more updates and information.
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