UFW Foundation Staff

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  • Washington Applicants

    03/01/2024: California & Washington Application Closure

    As of March 1st, 2024, the UFW Foundation has closed applications from people who live and work in the states of California and Washington.

    We are closing these applications to shift our focus to other under-represented states. This is a national program and farm workers from all 50 states and 3 U.S. territories deserve a chance to apply to this program.

    If you live in California or Washington, you can apply for the program with other organizations that are assisting. Please look at the directory list on our website, ufwfoundation.org/ffwrdirectory.

  • Guam Applicants

    Welcome

    The Farm & Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Program is a program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides eligible workers a $600 relief payment for expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFW Foundation has been authorized by the USDA to process applications.


    How to Apply with the UFW Foundation
     

    1. Check if you're eligible.
    2. Prepare your documents.
    3. Photograph your documents.
      • To learn how to take photos of your documents, click here.
    4. Contact the UFW Foundation Call Center at +1 (877) 881-8281.
      • Hours of Operation (in Guam)
        • Sunday: CLOSED
        • Monday: 3 AM - 11 AM ChST
        • Tuesday-Saturday: 3 AM - 1 PM ChST
      • Wait TimesThere may be long wait times due to a high volume of calls. Your patience is greatly appreciated while we work to serve interested applicants.
      • Languages:
        • Service providers speak English, Spanish, and other Indigenous languages, such as Mixteco. 
        • A language line is available to provide translation to folks in other languages if needed.
    5. Complete your application on the phone.
      • Contact Information: You will need to provide your cell phone number or email address to submit documents and receive notifications regarding your application.
      • Uploading Documents: During your phone call application, our staff will text or email you one secure link to upload your documents directly to the UFW Foundation platform, Alivio.
        • Fraud Warning: Do not trust links from unknown senders. Do not share information with unknown senders.

     

    After Applying

    1. Wait for review.
      • Application Review: Within 10-15 business days after applying, you should receive an email or text to notify you if your application has been approved.
      • If Not Approved: Call 211 or visit 211.org to get help finding other programs and resources.
      • If Approved: A one-time prepaid card for $600 will be mailed to the address you provided. It should arrive within 4-6 weeks after approval.
        • Note: 4-6 weeks may differ for recipients in Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa territories. 
      • Missing Mail: If you still have not received your card in the mail 6 weeks after approval, contact the UFW Foundation Call Center.
    2. Activate your card.
      • Activation Code: 3-4 days after your card is shipped, you should receive a text or email with an 8-digit code. Write it down and keep it in a safe location.
        • Fraud Warning: Do not share this code with strangers.
      • Codes for Applicants with Shared Contact Information: If you share a phone number or email address with another applicant, please call us to retrieve your activation code.
      • Missing Activation Codes: If you lose your code, or never receive one, call us.
      • Online Activation: We recommend activating your card online. Click here to visit the activation website.
      • Activation by Phone: Alternatively, you can activate by calling the phone number on the card. Stay on the line after activating your card to set your PIN.
    3. Use your card.
      • Card Information: Take pictures of the informational paper that comes with your card in the mail. This page contains important information about how you can use your card. You may need to look at it later if you experience any issues.
      • Ways to Use Your Card
        • At the Register: If you set a PIN during activation, select “Debit.” If you did not set a PIN, select “Credit.”
        • Online Shopping: Input your card details at checkout.
        • At the ATM: Use only non-bank ATMs. You may be charged fees by the ATM owner to withdraw cash.

     

    More Information


    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 
    fns.usda.gov/es/civil-rights/usda-nondiscrimination-statement-other-fns-programs

  • Card Support

    Activate your card.

    • Activation Code: 3-4 days after your card is shipped, you should receive a text or email with an 8-digit code. Write it down and keep it in a safe location.
      • Fraud Warning: Do not share this code with strangers.
    • Codes for Applicants with Shared Contact Information: If you share a phone number or email address with another applicant, please call us to retrieve your activation code.
    • Missing Activation Codes: If you lose your code, or never receive one, call us.
    • Online Activation: We recommend activating your card online. Click here to visit the activation website.
    • Activation by Phone: Alternatively, you can activate by calling the phone number on the card. Stay on the line after activating your card to set your PIN.

    Use your card.

    • Card Information: Take pictures of the informational paper that comes with your card in the mail. This page contains important information about how you can use your card. You may need to look at it later if you experience any issues.
    • Ways to Use Your Card
      • At the Register: If you set a PIN during activation, select “Debit.” If you did not set a PIN, select “Credit.”
      • Online Shopping: Input your card details at checkout.
      • At the ATM: Use only non-bank ATMs. You may be charged fees by the ATM owner to withdraw cash.
  • After Applying

    Wait for review.

    • Application Review: Within 10-15 business days after applying, you should receive an email or text to notify you if your application has been approved.
    • If Not Approved: Call 211 or visit 211.org to get help finding other programs and resources.
    • If Approved: A one-time prepaid card for $600 will be mailed to the address you provided. It should arrive within 4-6 weeks after approval.
      • Note: 4-6 weeks may differ for recipients in Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa territories. 
    • Missing Mail: If you still have not received your card in the mail 6 weeks after approval, contact the UFW Foundation Call Center.
  • Farm & Food Workers Relief (FFWR) Program

    Under the USDA Farm & Food Worker (FFWR) Program, the UFW Foundation will provide a one-time $600 relief payment to farm workers across the U.S. to help them and their families recover from wages lost due to the pandemic. Click here to view this information in Spanish.

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    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 
    fns.usda.gov/es/civil-rights/usda-nondiscrimination-statement-other-fns-programs

     

  • California Applicants

    03/01/2024: California & Washington Application Closure

    As of March 1st, 2024, the UFW Foundation has closed applications from people who live and work in the states of California and Washington.

    We are closing these applications to shift our focus to other under-represented states. This is a national program and farm workers from all 50 states and 3 U.S. territories deserve a chance to apply to this program.

    If you live in California or Washington, you can apply for the program with other organizations that are assisting. Please look at the directory list on our website, ufwfoundation.org/ffwrdirectory


    2024-02-05: Applications Reopen for CA Farm Workers

    As of January 2024, the UFW Foundation has re-opened phone applications for the USDA’s Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Program for farm workers in California who have not yet received financial assistance and may be eligible. To better serve workers in other regions, the UFW Foundation closed its phone applications for California workers on June 30, 2023. 

    Please know this is a one-time, unique relief payment. If you have already applied and have received the $600 assistance through the UFW Foundation or another authorized organization, you cannot submit a second application.  

    For those interested in applying, please call 877-881-8281 and our call center staff will process your application over the phone, if eligible. The UFW Foundation is not providing application support for the FFWR program in our offices. 

    Thank you. 


    07/01/2023: California Phaseout

    As of June 30th, the UFW Foundation has closed phone applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) for those who live in the state of California.

    As a major organization facilitating this program, the UFW Foundation serves all 50 states and 3 US territories and our attention must turn to those states who have been underrepresented.

    We are proud to have completed and approve almost 30,000 applications throughout California. Through our efforts and the support of our constituents, we were able to secure federal funding for farm workers throughout the nation. We continue to pledge our support for the expansion of this program by the US Department of Agriculture.

    We urge all those who have yet to apply for this program to apply with the 15 other organizations that are still operating in California. For a list of those organizations, click here to visit our directory.

    Thank you for your understanding.


    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 
    fns.usda.gov/es/civil-rights/usda-nondiscrimination-statement-other-fns-programs

  • Fraud Prevention

    Protect yourself and your community with these fraud prevention tips.

    What to do

    What not to do

    • Do not accept help from notaries. Notaries are not authorized to process applications.
    • Do not accept help from strangers. Verify that the person assisting you is a staff member of an authorized organization before sharing documents or sensitive information.
    • Do not pay fees. There are no fees to apply nor to receive application assistance.
    • Do not apply on unsecured platforms. Never share personal documents or sensitive information through email, text, or social media.

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 
    fns.usda.gov/es/civil-rights/usda-nondiscrimination-statement-other-fns-programs

  • FFWR Updates

    03/01/2024: California & Washington Application Closure

    As of March 1st, 2024, the UFW Foundation has closed applications from people who live and work in the states of California and Washington.

    We are closing these applications to shift our focus to other under-represented states. This is a national program and farm workers from all 50 states and 3 U.S. territories deserve a chance to apply to this program.

    If you live in California or Washington, you can apply for the program with other organizations that are assisting. Please look at the directory list on our website, ufwfoundation.org/ffwrdirectory

     


    07/22/2023: California Phaseout

    The UFW Foundation will be closing phone applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) for those who live in the state of California.

    As a major organization facilitating this program, the UFW Foundation serves all 50 states and 3 US territories and our attention must turn to those states who have been underrepresented. We are proud to have completed and approve almost 30,000 applications throughout California. Through our efforts and the support of our constituents, we were able to secure federal funding for farm workers throughout the nation.

    We continue to pledge our support for the expansion of this program by the US Department of Agriculture. We urge all those who have yet to apply for this program to apply with the 15 other organizations that are still operating in California. For a list of those organizations, click here to visit our directory. Thank you for your understanding.


    06/09/2023: Application Intake Pause

    In order to process applications that have already been submitted to the UFW Foundation for the Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) program, we will temporarily pause new applications from June 12-21, 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience and we ask for your patience as we process the applications currently in our systems. Our call center team will be back to continue assisting workers submit initial applications starting on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Thank you & Si Se Puede. During our temporary break from new applications, we can assure you that you can still sign up for the FFWR program. The following organizations will continue to accept applications during our break: ufwfoundation.org/ffwrdirectory.


    04/19/2023: Application Process Improvements

    Since the UFW Foundation began accepting applications for the Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) Program, more than 17,000 applications have been processed. The UFW Foundation is committed to providing the best and most efficient application process possible for those interested in applying. To that end, we have made significant updates to our call center in order to work more efficiently. Here's what we’ve done to improve the application process for you:  

    • We’ve improved our phone system allowing workers to select from a menu of services. 
    • We’ve established a team dedicated to assisting applicants with their activation codes.    

    As a reminder, please make sure you do the following steps before calling our call center: 

    1. Assess eligibility
    2. Prepare your documents 
    3. Photograph your documents 

    The UFW Foundation has advocated tirelessly since the start of the pandemic for health protections and financial relief for farm workers who sacrificed so much during the pandemic. The first of its kind, FFWR is a USDA federal program that provides eligible workers a unique $600 relief payment for expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is one example of our success in advocating for relief for farm workers, but we know it's not enough. We continue to advocate for additional relief, including systemic change to ensure the continued recognition of farm workers’ contributions. 

    Please know we are still receiving a high volume of calls and that we really appreciate your patience. Our goal is to make the application process as seamless as possible and we appreciate your patience as we work toward that goal. 


    01/09/2023: Application Opening

    Farm workers across the U.S. can now apply for the $600 COVID-19 pandemic relief payments through UFW Foundation.

    The UFW Foundation has worked tirelessly to advance legislation empowering USDA to support farm workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The USDA Farm and Food Workers Relief Program provide much-needed relief to farm workers affected by the pandemic. Farm workers by in large, do not receive paid sick leave but were classified as “essential workers” during the pandemic, exposing many to the virus at their workplace. Many employers did not provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, and in later days, vaccinations to prevent the spread of the virus, causing farm workers to take time off to quarantine, losing out on several days' pay. Additionally, the COVID-19 Congress relief packages failed to provide pandemic assistance to millions of undocumented persons, many of whom pay taxes through Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. Additionally, unlike other workers, at the federal level, farm workers do not qualify for overtime pay, typically receive low wages, and experience poor working conditions. The USDA FFWR Program provides a one-time relief payment to help farm workers and their families recover from these lost wages. 

    Applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Grant Program will open through the UFW Foundation. UFW Foundation will be distributing a one-time $600 relief payment to farm workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who qualify. There is no cost to apply for the program. You can only apply once; additional applications will be denied. 

    The UFW Foundation will have nine sub-recipient organizations providing workers with critical outreach and application support. They are CIERTO, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Farmworker Legal Services, Bienestar Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), United Farm Workers (UFW), Farmworker Association of Florida, North Carolina Focus on Increasing Education Leadership and Dignity (NC FIELD), Centro De Servicios Para Campesinos. Potential applicants are reminded not to provide personal documents or identification to unapproved organizations.    


    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 
    fns.usda.gov/es/civil-rights/usda-nondiscrimination-statement-other-fns-programs

  • published Can non-citizens apply for FFWR? in FAQ 2023-06-29 13:26:49 -0700

    Can non-citizens apply for FFWR?

    Answer

    Yes. Immigration status is not one of the eligibility criteria under this program. While assertions and/or documentation regarding citizenship status are not required, workers must provide proof of identity and proof of employment.

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  • FFWR Directory

    FFWR is a program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides eligible workers a $600 relief payment for expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Certain organizations have been authorized by the USDA to process applications for specific workers and regions using their own processes and timelines. For more information, click here. To read our fraud prevention tips, click here.


    Authorized Organizations

    Black = Recipient
    Gray = Subrecipient

     

    Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc.

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: AL, AZ, CA (Butte, Colusa, Fresno, Imperial, Imperial Valley, Kern, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Northern Santa Barbara, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Tulare, Ventura & Yolo County) FL, IN, KS, MO, NY, NC, OR, Puerto Rico, SC, & TX
    • How to Apply: Call or email
    • Website: alianzanacionaldecampesinas.org
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (805) 738-2364

     

    Campesinos Sin Fronteras

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc.
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: AZ & CA (Imperial County)
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: campesinossinfronteras.com
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number:

    Catholic Charities, USA

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: Catholic Charities, USA
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Riverside, San Bernardino, & Santa Rosa County- Lake & Sonoma), OR, & WA (Mt. Vernon & Grays Harbor)
    • How to Apply: Email
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected] (Jane Stenson)
    • Phone Number: (703) 236-6237

     

    Cherokee Nation

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: Cherokee Nation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: Cherokee Nation and citizens of Tribal Nations across the United States
    • How to Apply: Online
    • Website: https://ffwr.cherokee.org
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (918) 453-5058

     

    Chicanos por la Causa, Inc.

     

    Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC)

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: CRHDC
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CO
    • How to Apply: Email
    • Website: farmworkerrelief.org
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: N/A

     

    Comite de Bien Estar

     

    Community Council Idaho

     

    Guadalupe Economic Services Corp

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: CRHDC
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: Western TX
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: farmworkerrelief.org
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: (806) 744-4416

     

    NeighborWorks Salt Lake

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: CRHDC
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: Salt Lake City, UT
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: farmworkerrelief.org
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: (801) 539-1590

     

    San Luis Valley Farm Worker Housing Corp

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: CRHDC
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: Southern CO (San Luis Valley)
    • Website: farmworkerrelief.org
    • Email: N/A

      

    Tierra del Sol

     

    La Cooperativa Campesina de California

     

    Central Valley Opportunity Center

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: La Cooperativa Campesina de California
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Stanislaus, Merced, & Madera County)
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: (209) 356-7176

     

    California Human Development

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: La Cooperativa Campesina de California
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Lake Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, Contra Costa, Butte, & Colusa County)
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: (916) 371-8220

     

    PROTEUS (CA)

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: La Cooperativa Campesina de California
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Fresno & Kern County)
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: 

     

    CET

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: La Cooperativa Campesina de California
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Santa Clara, Monterrey, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, & Santa Barbara County)
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: (800) 533-2519

     

    Employers Training Resources

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: La Cooperativa Campesina de California
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Kern, Inyo, & Mono County)
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number: (661) 336-6661

     

    Hispanic Federation, Inc.

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: Hispanic Federation, Inc.
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: AR, CO, CT, Central FL, GA, IA, ME, MA, NV, NY, NC, ND, Puerto Rico, RI, UT, Virgin Islands, VA, & WA
    • How to Apply: Visit website
    • Website: ffwr.hispanicfederation.org
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (844) 432-9832

     

    National Center for Farmworker Health

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CO, FL, GA, ID, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, TX, VA, & WA
    • How to Apply: Email for more information.
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number:

     

    National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA)

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: NMHSA
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: AL, AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, & WA
    • How to Apply: Email
    • Website: nmshsa.org/
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (202) 223-9889

     

    Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

    • Status of Applications: PAUSED
    • Approved Organization: Pasa Sustainable Agriculture
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CT, DE, DC, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, & WV
    • How to Apply: Online
    • Website: farmworkers.com
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (833) 469-3397

     

    TODEC Legal Center

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: TODEC Legal Center
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Riverside & San Bernardino County)
    • Website: TODEC.org
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (888) 863-3291

     

    UFCW Charity Foundation

    • Status of Applications: PAUSED
    • Approved Organization: UFCW Charity Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers, Meatpacking Workers, and Grocery Workers
    • Coverage Areas:
      • Farm Workers & Meatpacking Workers: All 50 States
      • Grocery Workers: GA, MO, & KS
    • How to Apply: Online 
    • Website: ufcwcharityfoundation.org/grant
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: N/A

     

    UFW Foundation

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: 48 states (CA & WA are CLOSED) and the Territories of American Samoa, CNMI, and Guam
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: ufwfoundation.org/ffwr
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (877) 881-8281

     

    Farm Worker Legal Services (FLS)

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: MI
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (800) 968-4046

     

    Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: MI
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (800) 968-4046

     

    UFW

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: AZ, CA, & WA
    • How to Apply: By appointment only.
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]

     

    Cierto

    • Status of Applications: CLOSED
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiarios Servidos: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: WA, CA, & AZ
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (928) 248-5558

     

    Centro de Servicios de Campesinos

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: OR
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (503) 982-0243

     

    Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noreste (PCUN)

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: OR
    • How to Apply: Call.
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (502) 902-0367

     

    NC Field

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organizationa: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: NC
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (252) 933-2533

     

    FW Association of Florida

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: FL
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (407) 886-5151

     

    Bienestar

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UFW Foundation
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers
    • Coverage Areas: OR
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (503) 693-2937

     

    UMOS

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UMOS
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: WI, IL, MN, NE, IA, MO, KS, AR, TX, OK, IN, CO, & FL
    • How to Apply: Pre-apply Online
    • Website: https://www.umos.org/
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (833) 758-2004

     

    Harvest America

     

    PROTEUS (IA, NE, & IN)

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UMOS
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: IA, NE, y IN
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (800) 372-6031

     

    Arkansas Human Development Corp.

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UMOS
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: AR
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: (800) 482-7641

     

    Coalition of Florida Farmworkers Organization (COFFFO)

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: UMOS
    • Beneficiary Type:Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: FL
    • How to Apply: Call
    • Website: N/A
    • Email: N/A
    • Phone Number:

     

    United Ways of CA

    • Status of Applications: OPEN
    • Approved Organization: United Ways of CA
    • Beneficiary Type: Farm Workers and Meatpacking Workers
    • Coverage Areas: CA (Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Nevada, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, & Tulare County)
    • How to Apply: Text "FARMWORKER" to 211-211.
    • Website: unitedwaysca.org
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Phone Number: N/A

     


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  • How to Apply for FFWR

    Program Applications

    Across the United States, certain organizations have been authorized by the USDA to process applications. Although the USDA has set requirements for the overall program, each organization has been approved to assist specific workers and regions using their own processes and timelines. To see the full list of authorized organizations, click here.

    This page describes the UFW Foundation’s application process.


    How to Apply with UFW Foundation
     

    1. Check if you're eligible.
    2. Prepare your documents.
    3. Photograph your documents.
      • To learn how to take photos of your documents, click here.
    4. Contact the UFW Foundation Call Center at +1 (877) 881-8281.
      • Our call center staff can process your application over the phone.
      • Hours of Operation (PST)
        • Monday-Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM PST
        • Sunday: 9 AM - 5 PM PST
        • Saturday: CLOSED
      • Hours of Operation (Guam): Visit the Guam Applicants page.
      • Wait TimesThere may be long wait times due to a high volume of calls. Your patience is greatly appreciated while we work to serve interested applicants.
      • Languages:
        • Service providers speak English, Spanish, and other Indigenous languages, such as Mixteco. 
        • A language line is available to provide translation to folks in other languages if needed.
      • California Applicants: As of June 30th, the UFW Foundation has closed phone applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) for those who live in the state of California. For more information, click here.
    5. Complete your application on the phone.
      • Contact Information: You will need to provide your cell phone number or email address to submit documents and receive notifications regarding your application.
      • Uploading Documents: During your phone call application, our staff will text or email you one secure link to upload your documents directly to the UFW Foundation platform, Alivio.
        • Fraud Warning: Do not trust links from unknown senders. Do not share information with unknown senders.'
    6. Wait for review.
      • Application Review: Within 10-15 business days after applying, you should receive an email or text to notify you if your application has been approved.
      • If Not Approved: Call 211 or visit 211.org to get help finding other programs and resources.
      • If Approved: A one-time prepaid card for $600 will be mailed to the address you provided. It should arrive within 4-6 weeks after approval.
        • Note: 4-6 weeks may differ for recipients in Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa territories. 
      • Missing Mail: If you still have not received your card in the mail 6 weeks after approval, contact the UFW Foundation Call Center.
    7. Activate your card.
      • Activation Code: 3-4 days after your card is shipped, you should receive a text or email with an 8-digit code. Write it down and keep it in a safe location.
        • Fraud Warning: Do not share this code with strangers.
      • Codes for Applicants with Shared Contact Information: If you share a phone number or email address with another applicant, please call us to retrieve your activation code.
      • Missing Activation Codes: If you lose your code, or never receive one, call us.
      • Online Activation: We recommend activating your card online. Click here to visit the activation website.
      • Activation by Phone: Alternatively, you can activate by calling the phone number on the card. Stay on the line after activating your card to set your PIN.
    8. Use your card.
      • Card Information: Take pictures of the informational paper that comes with your card in the mail. This page contains important information about how you can use your card. You may need to look at it later if you experience any issues.
      • Ways to Use Your Card
        • At the Register: If you set a PIN during activation, select “Debit.” If you did not set a PIN, select “Credit.”
        • Online Shopping: Input your card details at checkout.
        • At the ATM: Use only non-bank ATMs. You may be charged fees by the ATM owner to withdraw cash.

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  • FFWR Eligibility & Requirements

    Eligibility

    Workers that are eligible for relief payments are those in frontline farming activities, grocery stores, or meatpacking* who incurred expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work should have been performed in the United States or certain U.S. territories (Guam, American Samoa, or Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) between January 27th, 2020, and May 11th, 2023. Applicants must self-certify they have not received this relief from another grantee.

    Below is the eligibility criteria presented as a list.

    • First-time Applicant: You are applying for this program for the first time.
    • COVID-19 Expenses: You have incurred expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The program does not require receipts for these expenses.) Examples are listed below:
      • Face masks
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Loss of income due to illness
    • Type of Work: You are or were a frontline worker in farming activities.* Examples are listed below:
      • Planting, tending, or harvesting crops
      • Tending livestock
      • Milking cows
    • Date of Work: You performed this work at some point between January 27th, 2020, and May 11th, 2023.
    • Location of Work: You performed this work in the United States** or one of the following U.S. territories.
      • Guam
      • American Samoa
      • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

    *The UFW Foundation is only approved to assist farm workers. Meatpacking or grocery store workers may refer to the list of authorized organizations.

    **California Applicants: As of June 30th, the UFW Foundation has closed phone applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) for those who live in the state of California. For more information, click here.

     

    Immigration status is not one of the eligibility criteria under this program. While assertions and/or documentation regarding citizenship status are not required, workers must provide proof of identity and proof of employment.

     


    Requirements

    The USDA requires proof of identity and proof of employment to apply for this program.

    • Proof of Identity
      • To prove your identity, you have two (2) options:
        • Option 1: The recommended option is to provide one (1) official document that contains your full name and photo. Examples are listed below:
          • State ID/Driver's License
          • UFW Foundation ID
          • Employer-issued ID
          • Consular ID
        • Option 2: The alternative option is to provide two (2) documents that contain your full name. Examples are listed below:
          • Utility Bill
          • Insurance Card
          • Vehicle Registration
    • Proof of Employment
      • To prove you meet the eligibility criteria for employment, you must provide one (1) employment-related document that includes your name and date between January 27th, 2020, and May 5th, 2023. Examples are listed below:
        • W-2 Tax Form
        • Paystub
        • Employer Letter
        • Employer Contract
    • Photographing Your Documents
      • Acceptable photos of your documents are:
        • Clear
        • Legible, and
        • Showing all four (4) corners.
      • Unacceptable photos of your documents are:
        • Blurry
        • Illegible, or
        • Hiding corners.
      • False or tampered documents will not be accepted.

     

     


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  • About the Farm & Food Workers Relief (FFWR) Program

    A Program of the USDA

    The Farm & Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Program is a program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides eligible workers a $600 relief payment for expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our Advocacy

    The UFW Foundation has worked tirelessly to advance legislation empowering USDA to support farm workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The vast majority of farm workers do not receive paid sick leave, but were classified as “essential workers” during the pandemic, exposing many to the virus at their workplace. Many employers did not provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing requirements, and, in later days, vaccinations to prevent the spread of the virus, causing farm workers to take time off to quarantine, losing out on several days' pay. Additionally, the COVID-19 Congress relief packages failed to provide pandemic assistance to millions of undocumented persons, many of whom pay taxes through Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. Unlike other workers, at the federal level, farm workers do not qualify for overtime pay, typically receive low wages, and experience poor working conditions.

    This program exemplifies our success in advocating for farm workers, but it's not enough. We continue to advocate for additional relief and systemic change to ensure the recognition of farm workers’ contributions.

    Our Proven Track Record

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected the UFW Foundation to receive funding for this program because of our proven track record of farm worker support, our strong partnerships with worker-serving organizations, and our ability to provide services in critical geographic areas to ensure nationwide coverage under the program collectively.  

    Our Subrecipient Organizations

    The UFW Foundation has nine sub-recipient organizations providing workers with critical outreach and application support. They are CIERTO, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Farmworker Legal Services, Bienestar Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), United Farm Workers (UFW), Farmworker Association of Florida, North Carolina Focus on Increasing Education Leadership and Dignity (NC FIELD), and Centro De Servicios Para Campesinos.

    Notice: Potential applicants are reminded not to provide personal documents or identification to unapproved organizations. Click here to view fraud prevention tips.


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  • What is required to apply for the FFWR program?

    Answer

    Click here to view the documents required to apply for the FFWR program.

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    Who is eligible for the FFWR Program?

    Answer

    Click here to view the FFWR program's eligibility criteria.

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