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Tony DiMare’s Interview with Demand American Grown

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Watch Tony explain the importance of buying American farm products during this eye-opening interview.

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“Farm to Family”: Feeding the Needy, and Those Who Fall Through the Cracks

By Bryan Boes San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Jovanna Lopez made it her mission to help with food insecurity in San Antonio, so when people were going hungry at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she started making phone calls.

Four months later, the system she helped put into place is getting thousands fed each and every week.

Lopez, who wears a variety of hats--from her day job at Eco Centro, to being co-founder of the People's Nite Market--will...

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DiMare Fresh Approved for Second Round of Funding by USDA for "Farmers to Families Food Box" Program

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DALLAS, TX - The USDA has announced it will be extending contracts to some well-performing contractors for the “Farmers to Families Food Box” program. DiMare Fresh has been approved for a second round of funding by the USDA. The initial round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program contracts will be completed on June 30, and DiMare Fresh will continue to provide essential support through the next performance period of July 1–August 31...

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On White Horses Food Distribution

By: On White Horses

216 Families received food last night! Thank you DiMare Fresh, Kingdom Coalition, Operation Blessing, Financial Partners, Boley Police, Fire Department & Volunteers! We absolutely couldn’t do this without each and every one of you.

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GSF Food Giveaway - Father’s Day Weekend

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Houston event center hosts food drive for families affected by COVID-19

By Katherine Feser. Photo: Imagen Venues

Imagen Venues is hosting a weekly drive-by food program this summer at its northeast Houston events venues to help Houston families in need as part of the USDA’s Farmers-to-Families Food Box program.

The food drive, which comes as hundreds of thousands of Houstonians have been furloughed or lost jobs due to COVID-19, is open to the public Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 11903 Eastex Freeway, the site of Imagen's Escapade Event Center and Stampede Event Center. It will be held weekly through Aug. 27 with the exception of July 2.Read More

Nonprofit in midst of 6-week free fresh produce distribution in Conroe

The Courier By Jamie Swinnerton, Staff writer

As families across the country struggle to put food on the table, Creative Outreach Ministries has found a new partner to help feed Montgomery County residents in need.

Part of the work by Creative Outreach Ministries includes providing food to those in need, usually after purchasing it from the Montgomery County Food Bank. But as the novel coronavirus hit the area, the demand skyrocketed and the nonprofit needed a different way to provide more food.

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DiMare Fresh outlines Farmers to Families Food Box plan

Blue Book Service - Lauren Miller | DMA Solutions, Inc

DALLAS, Texas (May 14, 2020) – DiMare Fresh, BB #:101247 a value-added distribution company specializing in produce and floral, has been selected to partner with USDA “Farmers to Families Food Box” program.

Being one of the few vertically integrated growers, DiMare Fresh will supply product through their distribution facilities in Texas to service nonprofit entities throughout the Southwest. The company will begin deliveries on Friday, May 15th as outlined by the USDA (the contract was for $24,363,660)....Read More

New Program To Help Hungry In North Texas

by CBS 11 News

Area nonprofits are set to hand out fresh produce to people in need during the pandemic.Read More

A peak season for risk

by Ileana Najarro Times Staff Writer

RUSKIN - As she commuted to work at a blueberry field in Barton, Bernarda thought about social distancing on a school bus crammed with 60 people. Despite the barrage of coronavirus warnings everywhere, she saw no safety protocols in fieldwork. Pickers were given no gloves, no hand sanitizer, no space to avoid the spread of the disease...

Some companies have stepped up to keep workers safe. They include Lipman Family Farms in Immokalee, which installed seven hand-washing stations for workers; DiMare Fresh, which provided equipment such as masks; and Starkey Blueberry Farms in Trinity, which makes sure to practice social distancing in the field and keep workers informed...Read More

Produce distributor talks about loss of business due to pandemic

by CNBC News

Tony DiMare, co-owner of produce distributor DiMare Fresh, discusses how the coronavirus has impacted his business, which counts restaurants, schools and cruise lines among its customers....Read More

Coronavirus Claims an Unexpected Victim: Florida Vegetables

by TAMARA LUSH Associated Press

Florida leads the U.S. in harvesting tomatoes, green beans, cabbage and peppers this time of year. While some of the crops are meant for grocery stores, many farmers cater solely to the so-called food service market — restaurants, schools and theme parks — hit hard as cities and states have ordered people to stay home and avoid others.

The loss has created a domino effect through the farming industry, Florida's second-largest economic driver. It yields $155 billion in revenue and supports about 2 million jobs.

Many growers have donated produce to food banks, but there's a limit on what the charities can accept and storage is an issue for perishable fruits and vegetables. DiMare said some central Florida food banks are full after theme parks shuttered and donated massive amounts of produce....Read More

"Truly helpless": Farmers Devastated by Coronavirus Pandemic

by Manuel Bojorquez CBS News

About 80% of tomatoes grown in Florida go to the food service industry. But with restaurants drastically scaled back, and hotels, cruise ships, and even schools closed, demand evaporated at a time when the fields are bursting with produce.

The strain on the farm economy is also costing jobs. Two hundred workers have already been laid off at Tony DiMare's packing operation because of the lack of demand. "The best way I can describe the situation we're in right now is truly helpless, because you don't know what to do," DiMare said. ...Read More

Coronavirus Crisis Crippling Florida Farmers

by Ryan Smith, ABC News

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The coronavirus is crippling farmers across Florida as demand for locally-grown perishables dries up.

With schools, theme parks and restaurants scaling back or shutting down, many growers are left with no where to sell their product.

"Nobody has ever experienced anything like this in our lifetimes," said Tony DiMare, owner of family-owned and operated DiMare Fresh. "When those sectors shut down three weeks ago during this pandemic, it brought our industry to its knees."...Read More

Dade County Farm Bureau Honors DiMare Family

by Patty Marraccini

Tuesday morning began with dark skies and rain. But that changed into South Florida sunshine just in time for a sold out crowd at the Women’s Club of Homestead gathered to honor the DiMare Family.

The DiMare story began on the streets of Boston with three brothers, Anthony, Dominic and Joseph, who sold produce from their pushcart. Through hard work and integrity, they quickly outgrew the pushcart and opened a storefront on Hale St. in Boston. They grew steadily and by 1939 their company was marketing produce nationally. The company developed relationships with tomato farmers from...Read More

Tony DiMare honored with FFVA award

by Southeast FarmPress

Tony DiMare, vice president of DiMare Company and a veteran in the tomato industry, was awarded the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Distinguished Service Award during the organization’s 68th annual convention.

DiMare has worked in his family’s company since 1983 and now oversees its operations in Ruskin and Homestead, Fla., and Johns Island, S.C.

He has served as a volunteer leader in numerous state and national agriculture organizations. A member of FFVA’s board of directors since 1996, DiMare served on the executive committee from 1996 to 2008 and...Read More

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We focus on the perishable food supply-chain with a continuous investment in our facilities, equipment, fleet and people to supply produce and floral throughout the country.



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