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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. This program significantly increases the amount and variety of food that food pantries and soup kitchens can provide to those in need.

River Bend Foodbank is the sole non-profit distributer for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in western Illinois and eastern Iowa.

Each state operates this program through their respective Departments of Human Services. In Illinois, the Foodbank delivers product to feeding sites in 17 counties. In Iowa we serve five counties. For map of counties, click here Food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters are involved in this program. Please be sure to link the Click here with the map of our counties.

Participation in the program is available to food pantries that have regular hours, have food available on an emergency basis and have privately donated food available in addition to USDA commodities. Soup kitchens must serve prepared meals to homeless, transient or other needy people. Eligibility guidelines for pantry use is 130% of the poverty level. Self-declaration is the method for establishing eligibility for USDA food at food pantries. People who receive prepared meals at soup kitchens are considered to be needy, and do not have to prove their monthly income.

To inquire about your agency’s eligibility and participation in our USDA programs, please contact tlaughlin@feedingamerica.com .

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