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WIC Home > Food Assistance Programs (TEFAP) and (CSFP) Food Assistance Programs (TEFAP) and (CSFP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to States.  States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) buys the food, including processing and packaging, and ships it to the States.  The amount received by each State depends on its low-income and unemployed population.  State agencies work out details of administration and distribution.  They select local organizations that either directly distribute to households or serve meals, or distribute to other local organizations that perform these functions. For more information, visit the USDA Web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/.

The National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273) refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. Help is available on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.   Hablamos español.

Food Recalls

The best way for anyone to get email notifications of all food recalls is by signing up for free email updates from http://www.recalls.gov/.  This is a one-stop shop for U.S. Government recalls.   We encourage everyone who needs recall information to sign up today!  It’s easy.  Follow these few steps and you will receive an instant acknowledgement of your subscription from the Dept. of Health and Human Services:

  1. Log on to http://www.recalls.gov/.
  2. Click on the Food tab at the top.
  3. Click on “Sign Up for Free Recall Updates by E-Mail”  (in red toward top of page)
  4. This takes you to the Dept. of Health and Human Services signup page, where you will:
        
    1. Enter your email address and confirm same.
    2. Check the box titled FoodSafety.gov Recalls and Alerts under the FoodSafety.gov Updates section.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP  is a Federally funded program, which works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.  For more information, visit the USDA Web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited basis will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en inglés “USDA”) prohíbe la discriminación contra sus clientes, empleados y solicitantes de empleo por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, religión, represalias y, según corresponda, convicciones políticas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientación sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia pública, o información genética protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicarán a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales).

Si desea presentar una queja por discriminación del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discriminación del programa del USDA), que puede encontrar en internet en http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, o en cualquier oficina del USDA, o llame al (866) 632-9992 para solicitar el formulario. También puede escribir una carta con toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Envíenos su formulario de queja completo o carta por correo postal a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication,
1400 Independence
Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, por fax al (202) 690-7442 o por correo electrónico a program.intake@usda.gov.

Las personas sordas, con dificultades auditivas, o con discapacidad del habla pueden contactar al USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service (Servicio federal de transmisión) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en español).

El USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.