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Farm & Food Workers Relief Program


Farm & Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City has been selected as one of many administering entities for the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR). Our agency has very limited resources to award and are focusing our assistance toward workers from rural communities. We began in January 2023 and will distribute funds until the resources are gone, which we expect will be over a 3-6 month period. Please note the further qualifications set by Catholic Charities below. **If you are not in one of our prioritized groups, there is a list of national organizations at the bottom of this page. We have learned these organizations will be offering assistance to Iowans and will begin doing so sometime in February.**

To receive funds from Catholic Charities, you must schedule an appointment at one of our office locations (see options below) AND bring with you the needed documentation (see details below) as well as have an address to which we can mail your check. We will not hold a spot until you can retrieve the documents. You must have everything in-hand at the appointment . There is no guaranteed payment.

What is the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR)?

This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as but not limited to costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), dependent care, and expenses associated with quarantines and testing. Grant recipients will have a period of two years (24 months) to distribute direct relief in the form of $600 flat-rate payments per eligible beneficiary. This is not a renewable nor annual benefit. Once a worker has been verified as eligible, the worker is to receive a single $600 payment to be released in a single financial transaction.

Catholic Charities Prioritized Groups: Who is eligible?

This grant is meant to assist FRONT-LINE WORKERS (not owners, officers or professionals)

Any of the following qualify for assistance from Catholic Charities if employed for at least one day starting January 27, 2020 until today (or until the CDC officially declares and end-date to the pandemic):

  • Farmworkers

  • Meatpacking Workers: Employees engaged in animal slaughtering and meat or poultry processing, including packaging the meat or poultry

  • Field Workers

  • Livestock Workers

Note: Grocery store workers are eligible for this benefit, but the resources granted to us and other Catholic Charities USA entities are only for the four categories above. Grocery workers may seek assistance from another entity. 

Beware of Fraud

Avoid scams and fraud when applying for the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR)

There is no need to go to a notary to apply for the USDA Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) program.

  • Only organizations awarded the grant by the USDA may process Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) applications.

  • Visit to view the list of organizations selected to distribute the direct relief payments and find a grantee serving your region.

  • Application periods may begin at different times. Relief payments may not be made available at the same time throughout the country.

Application Assistance is Free
There is no need to pay for application assistance. There will be no cost to apply for Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR).

Never provide identification
Never provide personal documents or any form of identification to unapproved organizations.

Getting Help
Contact Laura Perea at Catholic Charities,

Diocese of Sioux City
Bilingual & Confidential


What is needed to qualify?

  • Self-certify through sufficient documentation proving employment at a food processing facility, meatpacking facility, farm, or grocery stores, AND

  • Self-certify you incurred expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and/or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic such as, but not limited to: costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), expenses associated with quarantines and testing, and dependent care, and 3) self-certify you have not previously received an FFWR beneficiary payment through another entity. Documentation is not required.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Contact Laura Perea at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City:

  • 712.252.4547 or

  • Upcoming Appointment locations:

    • February 17 in Fort Dodge, 1414 Central Ave​

    • February 21 in Carroll,  409 1/2 W 7th St

    • February 27 in Spencer, 601 1st Ave West

  • Appointments will take approximately ½ hour


What do I need to bring?

You must be prepared with 3 pieces of information at your appointment. No payments will be held.

1. One form of Photo Identification*. Acceptable forms include:

  • State-issued driver’s license or identification

  • Consular or Government Issued Identification (Foreign or Domestic)

  • H2A Visa/ H2B Visa

  • Employer Issued Identification with photo


2. One form Proof of Employment documentation*. Acceptable forms include:

  • W-2 Tax form

  • Paystub

  • Employee Letter/Contract

  • H2A Visa/ H2B Visa (cannot use this form for both ID and Employment)


3. Mailing address to which Catholic Charities can mail your relief check.


After presenting this information, you will also be asked to sign a self-certification document stating you qualify and you have not already requested funds from another granting entity.

*Note: other granting agencies may accept additional forms of ID and employment verification. These are the only options accepted by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City.

For more information, including a full list of other granting agencies click here.

FFWR Awardee Contacts in Iowa

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