Farm and Food Work Relief


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible if I work for myself?

No. This funding is for frontline agricultural and meatpacking workers only. Self-employed and/or contracted workers are not eligible.

Am I eligible to apply if I work at a marijuana farm?

Medical/recreational marijuana is not classified as agricultural crop by USDA, so these workers are not eligible. However, Hemp (Cannabis sativa L. and “any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers,” with no more than a 0.3 percent concentration of THC.) is classified as an agricultural crop. Therefore, workers engaged in hemp production/cultivation are eligible workers. More information can be found here: Hemp Production Program Questions and Answers | Agricultural Marketing Service (usda.gov)

Am I eligible to apply if I work on my family’s farm but I do not get paid?

No. Workers must be paid a minimum of one hour of agricultural or meatpacking work.

Are grocery workers eligible?

No. If applying through Cherokee Nation, only agricultural and meatpacking workers are eligible for this funding. You are encouraged to review the list of funded organizations on the USDA site to determine the program that best fits your situation. 

Site link: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/ffwr/awards

Are owners/operators eligible for this funding?

No. This funding is for frontline agricultural and meatpacking workers only.

Can managers apply?

This funding is for frontline workers only. Those working in management positions are not eligible to apply.

How will I receive my payment?

Once your application is approved, you will receive a text message and/or email from JP Morgan Chase regarding your $600 payment.  Please watch for correspondence from “Chase Payments.”

The email will contain information regarding your payment, including the amount and payment ID.  To begin processing your payment, click “Accept Money” in the email. Please create a user ID and password to login to the secure Chase website.  After logging in you will be asked to provide your bank account information.  Alternatively, if you wish to receive a paper check, please click the link to login to the Chase website then select “Decline Digital Payment.”  Please note that you must accept the electronic payment within 5 business days of receiving the email and/or text message. After 5 business days, the payment offer expires and you will automatically be sent a paper check.