American farmworkers and meatpacking workers may be eligible for a $600 one-time stimulus grant to reimburse expenditures spent in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has committed $665 million in Consolidated Appropriations Act money to the Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program. The funds will be utilized to make grants to selected state agencies, tribal entities, and non-profit groups that have expertise in providing assistance to farmworkers and meatpackers.
The award recipients will be responsible for providing $600 in relief payments to frontline farmworkers and meatpackers. The checks would be used to reimburse the costs spent by farmworkers and meatpackers in preparing for or avoiding exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The application period for the financing opportunity ended on Thursday. The USDA is anticipated to release a list of recipients this summer. Farmworkers, meatpackers, and grocery store staff who are eligible for the payments are invited to obtain their checks from grant winners once the funds are disclosed.
The USDA’s stimulus package comes while Congress has yet to announce plans for the fourth round of stimulus payments. However, since the cost of gasoline continues to grow, various ideas have been advanced in Congress and in several states.
On March 17, Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), John Larson (D-Conn.), and Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) introduced the Gas Reimbursement Act, which would provide qualifying individual and joint tax filers with a $100 monthly energy rebate to offset escalating gasoline costs. The measure also includes $100 per dependant, so a family with two children might get up to $300 in energy rebate checks.
The $100 monthly payments would be made for the remainder of the year if the national average gas price surpassed $4.00 per gallon. The average price per gallon of normal petrol was $4.236 as of Thursday.
Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga., signed legislation on Wednesday that will provide one-time stimulus payments ranging from $250 to $500 to all qualified Georgia taxpayers who filed income tax returns for the tax year 2021.