Despite having no experience in food distribution, Gregorio Palomino was granted a contract by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its new Farmers to Families Food Box program, designed to get surplus food into the hands of desperate families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his company’s website, Palomino has listed USAA, Valero Energy and Fiesta San Antonio among his clients.
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Palomino secured the contract despite lacking a USDA Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) license, required to operate a produce business.
His LinkedIn profile also says Palomino served on the board of directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and 2011.