October 7, 2020

IFDA responds to reports that negotiations between the Administration and Congress to provide COVID-19 relief to small businesses, restaurants and food distributors have stalled.

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) urges Congress and the Administration to support all levels of the foodservice industry with a COVID-19 relief plan. Legislators on both sides of the aisle should work together to help restaurants and their foodservice distributor partners, many of which are small, family owned businesses.
 
Mark S. Allen, President and CEO of IFDA gave the following statement after Tuesday’s reports that President Trump indicated negotiations have stopped on a relief package:
 
“Discussions should continue with full force between Congress and the White House regarding additional COVID-19 stimulus legislation. As restaurants continue to struggle with closings, capacity limitations, and cooler weather which will impact outdoor dining, additional support is critically needed. Restaurants need direct financial relief to weather this storm. In addition, legislation to create another round of PPP loans that would provide badly-needed liquidity and expand allowable and forgivable uses of funds to include payments to suppliers has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. The Administration and Congress must act now.”


About IFDA
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is the premier trade organization representing the $303 billion foodservice distribution industry and the 350,000 people it employs. This industry ensures a safe and efficient supply of food and products to more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S. every day. For more information, visit www.ifdaonline.org.
 
Contact: Meghan Cieslak, mcieslak@ifdaonline.org, 703-962-9950

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