UMOS to Assist Over 75,000 Farmworkers and Meatpackers in 13 States

UMOS Lupe Martinez

Agency awarded $56.9 million USDA grant

From UMOS - The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded 15 non-profits over $600 million to assist farmworkers, meat packers and grocery workers nationwide with direct Covid-19 related relief payments. UMOS, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will receive $56,886,475 to implement the program in thirteen states.

“We applaud USDA for appropriating direct relief payments for eligible farmworkers, meatpackers, and grocery workers to help defray costs associated with previous or on-going purchases of personal protective equipment and other expenses incurred during the Covid-19 pandemic such as testing, quarantining, vaccinations, childcare costs and other reasonable and necessary personal, family and or living expenses,” said Lupe Martinez, president and chief executive officer, UMOS. Farmworkers, meatpackers, and grocery workers were classified by the federal government as “essential workers” during the height of the pandemic.

UMOS plans to partner with non-profit organizations in Florida, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, and Nebraska to identify eligible workers and assist with the application process. UMOS will deliver services directly in Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin.

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UMOS and its partners will outreach to agriculture and meatpacking workers and their employers, accept and process applications, collect verification, determine eligibility, and issue payments while maintaining strong financial controls which ensure funds get into the hands of eligible beneficiaries. A one-time direct payment of $600 will be made to over 75,000 eligible applicants within a two-year period.

“We are especially happy to see farmworkers recognized for their contributions to the nation’s workforce and the food supply chain. Oftentimes they are overlooked in federal agricultural relief efforts,” Martinez concluded.

For more information call 1-414-389-6000.