Public Assistance Programs

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides commodity food packages for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to their sixth birthday, and elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population. Eligibility for the program is limited to elderly persons with income at or below 130 percent of poverty. State agencies are responsible for establishing income guidelines for women, infants and children. State agencies store the food and distribute it to public and non-profit private local agencies for further distribution to low-income clients.

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Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

This government program provides hunger relief to Americans in need of emergency support for a limited time.

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Summer Food Assistance Program (SFSP)

During the summer months, when school is not in session, many school-aged children of low-income families are faced with hunger. Summer Programs can help provide up to two meals and snacks to children in need.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

On October 1, 2008, the Food Stamp Program’s name was formally changed to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There are millions of Americans who rely on SNAP regularly or in times of emergency and economic hardship.

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