The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food to people experiencing homelessness, low-income senior citizens, families and individuals. There is no fee to receive emergency food assistance through TEFAP.
Information to get the emergency food
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Households are eligible to receive emergency food assistance commodities at participating Distribution Sites (“Food Pantries”) if the total gross income for the household does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level as shown on the sign-In sheet at each Distribution Site. If you are receiving Nutrition Assistance benefits, you are automatically eligible to receive emergency food assistance.
You are eligible to receive a prepared meal at a Congregate Meal Site (“Soup Kitchen”) by visiting the site during its normal service hours.
You do not need to complete a formal application or interview to receive emergency food assistance commodities or a prepared meal at a Congregate Meal Site. To receive emergency food assistance, you will need to bring the following things with you to the TEFAP Food Distribution site.
What do I need to bring?
To receive emergency food assistance commodities, a 3-5 day supply of food you can take home and prepare, please bring the following documents with you to the Food Pantry:
- Photo identification such as a driver’s license, work ID, school ID or other document with your name and picture.
- Proof of address such as a utility bill, letter from DES or other document verifying your current residential address. If you live in a rural area, a P.O. Box is acceptable. If you are experiencing homelessness, be sure to know the cross-streets or location where you stay at night.
You will need to sign a form as a self-declaration that you meet the current income guidelines, you will not sell or exchange the food you receive and you live in the Food Pantry’s service area.
To receive a prepared meal at a Congregate Meal Site, you will only be asked to sign-in at the site.
Emergency Food Assistance locations
You can find the nearest emergency food assistance Distribution Site or Congregate Meal Site by using the online maps or by calling the Coordinated Hunger Relief program at 602-771-2788.
Click on the county name to locate emergency food resources in that area. A new window will open showing each of the emergency food locations within that county and each location's information to include: address, phone number, hours of operation and services provided.
Prior to visiting an emergency food location, please call them to ensure they can assist you!
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