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The spread of COVID-19 has brought a lot of fear and uncertainty to our communities. We’ve been hearing from farmers and other local business owners about how the coronavirus epidemic is interrupting sales, bringing worry about how that will affect their businesses, and causing concern about how to keep customers and employees healthy and supported. CISA’s staff has been working on identifying how we can support local farms, restaurants, retailers, and others in weathering the necessary interruptions that the response to COVID-19 is bringing, and talking with state officials and partner organizations about how we can work together.
This is a crisis that invites us to consider the needs of our neighbors and our communities as a whole. Social distancing, the cancellation of public events, and institutions and workplaces going remote are acts of community solidarity that protect the most vulnerable members of society, many of whom are not able to take self-protective measures themselves. In that spirit, and if you are able, consider how you can approach this crisis with a spirit of generosity and community benefit.
We want to hear from you! How is this affecting you, your employees, your sales? What sort of support do you need? Are you making changes to your business that we can help promote? Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call the office at 413-665-7100. Staff is working remotely but will receive phone messages.
CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund is accepting applications until June 22, 2020. Find details, terms, and the application here.
CISA’s office is closed to the public and staff is working remotely. Staff is available by email and will be checking voicemail remotely.