COVID-19 Facts

Some COVID-19 Facts

Timeline of Key Events

July 9th: A civil rights complaint is filed against JBS and Tyson Foods

  • Worker advocacy groups ( Food Chain Workers Alliance, the Rural Community Workers Alliance, the HEAL Food Alliance, Forward Latino, American Friends Service Committee — Iowa, and the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils) claim that the failure of JBS and Tyson to protect employees from the coronavirus amounts to racial discrimination, and thus violates title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

  • The suit also states that the USDA should not give money to companies that engage in racial discrimination, including Tyson Foods and JBS.

    • "Tyson received $165 million in 2019 for federal Farm Bill nutrition programs and trade mitigation program contracts and $109 million in 2020 thus far. JBS and its subsidiary Pilgrim’s Pride received $147 million in 2019 and almost $46 million in 2020 so far."

July 10th: The Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act is introduced.

May 21st: Small Packer Overtime Holiday Relief COVID-19 Act is Introduced

May 15th: The Protecting Protein Production and Consumers Access Act is Introduced

May 12th: HEROES Act is Introduced

May 12th: USDA Farmers to Families Food Box is "Rolled Out"

April 28th: President Trump Signs an Executive Order On Meat and Poultry Processors

April 17th: The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Announced

March 27th: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is Passed and Signed into Law

  • The CARES Act includes a $19 billion farmer's assistance/relief program.

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