The USDA has signed a cooperative agreement with West Virginia under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program. The agreement will enable the agency to purchase locally grown food from historically underserved producers. The program will help these farmers compete with larger producers who sell their food at above wholesale prices. Purchased food will be distributed to rural and remote West Virginian communities by Facing Hunger Food Bank and the Mountaineer Food Bank (MFB) The program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency. Through this program, USDA will award up to $400 million through non-competitive cooperative agreements with state and tribal governments through the purchase of food produced within the state or within 400 miles of delivery destination. . . .