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The Coordinated Hunger Relief Program collaborates with federal, state, and local organizations that provide food assistance to the hungry and contracts with various hunger relief organizations to maximize resources. Among the services provided are Nutrition Assistance outreach, food bank coordination, emergency food box and senior commodity supplemental food box distribution, coordination in rescuing food that otherwise would go to waste (also called "gleaning"), and information on where to obtain food when in need.
At DES, there are two major programs addressing the nutritional needs of families; the Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp) program and the Coordinated Hunger Program.
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The Coordinated Hunger Relief Program is responsible for:
- Sustaining the DES Hunger Advisory Council and its mission to increase food-security in Arizona. The council provides a forum for the development and advocacy of strategies to end hunger and to promote cooperation and collaboration among all agencies and decision makers.
- Administering The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) that provides commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for low-income households and congregate meals through contracts with regional food bank warehouses and a statewide food bank organization.
- Administering the Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP). Like TEFAP, CSFP provides USDA commodities to low-income households through the statewide food bank network. CSFP is available to Arizona's seniors who are at least 60 years old. CSFP participation is dependent on available caseload and region.
- Develops the capacity and capability in rural and metropolitan areas of the state for food gleaning, solicitation of donated food, distribution and transportation activities.
- Provides technical assistance to rural and urban communities developing local structures to administer food collection and distribution programs.
- Supports a network of community and faith based organizations that collaborate with DES in providing access and education for the Nutrition Assistance Program for seniors, families, individuals and communities.
There is no fee required to receive services from Coordinated Hunger Relief Program or its community and faith-based partner organizations.
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