Officials with the White House confirmed today that President Donald Trump will be visiting Western North Carolina on Monday, August 24, 2020. This will be President Trump’s 11th visit to North Carolina.
President Trump will visit Mills River, North Carolina to visit a Farmers to Families Food Box program site, and deliver remarks on the Administration’s support for American farmers and families through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
“I am incredibly excited to join the President in North Carolina as he sees first-hand the incredible work being done through our Farmers to Families Food Box program,” said Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President. “With nearly 70 million boxes of nutritious, locally-sourced fresh fruit, vegetable, milk and meat delivered to date, we are deeply appreciative of our strong and innovative partners like Baptists on Mission and Flavor First Growers and Packers that allow us to continue the fight to feed our nation’s hungry, support our farmers and strengthen our workforce.”
The President will tour Flavor First Growers and Packers, an organization that partners with Baptists on Mission to build the Farmers to Families Food Boxes, and see how the boxes are packaged and placed into refrigerated trucks and then delivered to families in need. Following the tour, he will deliver remarks outside.
Flavor First and Mountain Bean Grower’s roots run deep through the mountains. The company’s origin dates back to 1798 when James Noble Johnson began farming in the fertile soils of Buncombe County, North Carolina. After 8 generations, his descendants continue to grow, pack and ship produce.
Today, they maintain a commitment to providing the highest quality product on the market and have expanded their distribution network to everything east of the Mississippi River, with trucks running daily from South Florida to Boston and everywhere in between. Their main focus is vine ripe tomatoes and a full line of southern vegetables.
Spearheaded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, the Farmers to Families Food Box Program puts American farmers, ranchers, and distributors of all sizes back to work while supporting over-burdened food banks and food insecure families.
The program, which authorized $3 billion in direct purchasing under the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, has delivered nearly 70 million family-sized food boxes containing fresh and nutritious food grown by American farmers to those most in need during the pandemic. This innovative program has supported our farmers, strengthened our workforce and nourished families.
Baptists on Mission was awarded a USDA contract for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. They are the primary distributor of the boxes, however, they partner with an experienced food grower and packer, Flavor First, to build the boxes full of fresh and nutritious produce. Once the boxes are packaged, Baptists on Mission quickly moves the boxes to 200 non-profits, food banks and faith-based organizations across the state.