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Guidance provided to keep food supply chain moving

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Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding outlined progress made in Pennsylvania to secure the stability of the food supply, increase market opportunities, protect the workforce, and ensure food is plentiful and accessible for all Pennsylvanians as the commonwealth works to mitigate against COVID-19.

“From the day COVID-19 knocked on Pennsylvania’s door, Gov. Wolf declared agriculture and the entire food supply chain in Pennsylvania as essential and life sustaining; because it is,” said Redding. “These uncertain times have highlighted the complexity of our nation’s food supply chain and required a new way of thinking; we’ve been actively triaging unprecedented situations as they arrive and working around the clock and across agencies to guide the industry and ensure food remains available and accessible.” As a result of agriculture being life-sustaining, the department has encouraged food production and processing operations to continue but has advised they adhere to guidance to minimize risk, maintain a healthy workforce and ensure the safety of food. For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID.
The department has provided guidance to food assistance agencies to continue distributing food to those in need and protect both volunteers and clients from COVID-19. Pennsylvanians who have found themselves food insecure as a result of COVID-19 are eligible for state and federal food assistance.

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