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Government Assistance Programs
Feeding hungry people in our nation is a partnership between the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Government nutrition assistance programs are the fastest and most direct way to reduce hunger. The charitable response to hunger is designed to be a supplement to these programs, not a replacement for them. In many instances, Harvesters’ agencies may be serving clients who are eligible for one or more government nutrition programs, but not participating in them. Helping these clients participate in the programs for which they are eligible will supplement their food budget and allow your agency to stretch your limited resources farther.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Harvesters serves as the regional distributor for government food commodities that come through the CSFP and TEFAP programs. These programs provide USDA Commodity foods rather than cash benefits or vouchers to low-income populations.
The CSFP program provides food boxes assembled by Harvesters’ volunteers containing a variety of nutritious items to seniors, while TEFAP serves low-income adults and families with groceries. Both programs require participating agencies to certify client eligibility and generally carry administrative requirements beyond what is required by Harvesters for routine food distribution.
A limited number of organizations in each state are allowed to distribute these commodities. To learn more about availability, contact Customer Care tollfree at 877.653.9519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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