White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump made a stop in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday, lending out a hand in distributing farmers to families food boxes to those in need during the holidays.
Ivanka participated in the drive-thru food distribution event at the parking lot of the King Jesus International Ministry, part of the Farmers to Families Food Box distribution program. The stop to the Sunshine State comes a day after stumping in Georgia for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of the crucial twin runoffs on Jan 5
“Merry Christmas!” Ivanka told the drivers while loading the boxes of food into the recipient’s car.
During her time lending a hand, Ivanka’s father President Trump phoned in and spoke to a crowd of volunteers. During the 20-minute call, the president wished everyone a Merry Christmas and the “rigged election,” vowing to fight until the very end.
“They took hundreds of thousands of ballots, it was a rigged election, we are fighting it,” Trump said over speakerphone, according to the brief video footage of the call. “We got 75 million votes, that’s the most ever gotten by a sitting President by a lot. People are never going to forget. We are fighting very, very hard.”
After the call, Ivanka was seen chatting with families in their cars, many of whom were Trump supporters, according to photos of the event showing some sporting Trump ‘Keep America Great’ hats and Trump flags.
Farmers to Families Food Box Program, part of a Trump administration initiative that was launched during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The program, spearheaded by Ivanka purchases the surplus of fresh produce, dairy, and meat by farmers to prevent being plowed or left unpicked by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). After the USDA purchases the excess crops and produces, they are packed and distributed across the nation to food banks and its non-profit organizations including churches and community centers.
Farmers were hit the hardest both financially and productivity when the majority of the nation shut down restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, and schools saw half of their food-service sector demands abruptly dropped. $3 billion of the $19 billion allocated from the CARES Act was invested in the Farmers to Families program that lead to the purchase and distribution of 34.5 million boxes from mid-May until the end of June.
Ivanka helped led and advocate the program, working with USDA, the Small Business Administration, and the Treasury Department to connect struggling farmers and ranchers with national, regional, and local distributors. In May, Ivanka visited Coastal Sunbelt Produce, a Maryland distributor that received a federal contract to assemble food boxes and to kick off the Farmers to Families program.
Joined @kingjesusmiami for their Holiday food distribution — serving over 1K families.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 23, 2020
We handed out over 1.5K Farmers to Families Food Boxes to local families. Seeing the need firsthand, I know the impact this program is making for millions of families across the US
The program to date has delivered more than 130 million food boxes to more than 16,000 non-profit, food bank, and faith-based organizations since May 15.
Last week, Ivanka paid a visit to the Farmers to Families program in Virginia where she also lend a hand helping to pack and deliver boxes of food to underserved families.