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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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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
The SNAP (or Food Stamp) program helps provide people with a consistent means to purchase their own food.
Harvesters' SNAP Outreach Team can help your clients apply for SNAP assistance and answer any questions they may have. They are available to speak to your clients or staff about SNAP as well as distribute literature, or set up a time to do applications at your site. From hosting a SNAP Bingo game to being a part of your upcoming Health Fair, they would love to meet with your agency to further discuss the possibilities of a partnership.
For more information, contact a SNAP Outreach Team Member directly by calling tollfree 877.653.9522 or emailing SNAP@harvesters.org.
If you would like a SNAP Outreach Team member to contact you or to visit your site or event please fill out this form.
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue,SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com