USDA Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is the new name for the Food Stamp Program in North Carolina.  The Food and Nutrition Services Program has expanded eligibility requirements and increased deductions, allowing more North Carolinians to benefit from extra food dollars, which in turn allows them to stretch their food budgets and put three balanced meals on their tables daily.  Click here for more information on SNAP.  (link to 1.7 Income Guidelines for Food Assistance)

If you need more information, please contact FNS Coordinator Dawn Blowe at 252-335-4035, ext. 107, or email at dblowe@feedingamerica.org

 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) serves about 595,000 low-income people each month, and is the only USDA nutrition program that provides monthly food assistance solely targeted at low-income seniors.  The program is designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of participants by supplementing diets with a monthly package of healthy, nutritious USDA commodities. With one in 12 households with seniors at risk of hunger nationwide, CSFP prevents vulnerable seniors from having to choose between food and other basic needs.

CSFP is a discretionary program funded each year through the federal appropriations process so the program may only serve as many eligible participants as funding allows. CSFP provides USDA commodities and administrative funds to States, which in turn store and transport the food to local agencies for distribution to low-income clients.

While most participants either pick up their monthly CSFP food package at a food bank or other local sponsor or have a designee who is authorized to pick up their food package pick it up for them, some communities deliver the food package directly to the participant’s home, an important program feature for seniors with limited mobility.

Food Bank of the Albemarle is currently delivering a total of 1651 CSFP boxes in Northampton, Pasquotank, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Hertford, and Perquimans on a monthly basis. Contact CSFP Lead Coordinator Dawn Blowe at 252-312-6213 for more information.

For more information on the CSFP web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/

CSFP Fact Sheets: http://www.fns.usda.gov/csfp/frequently-asked-questions

Download CSFP Program Overview (PDF)

Government Commodities

TEFAP – The Emergency Food Assistance Program – 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.

Under TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture makes USDA foods available to state distributing agencies.  The amount of food that each state receives is based on the number of unemployed persons and the number of people with incomes below the poverty level in the state.

States provide the food to local agencies, usually food banks like FBA, which – in turn – distribute the food to local organizations like food kitchens and food pantries that work directly with the public.

Recipients of food for home use must meet the income eligibility criteria set by the state.  The local agencies distribute USDA food to eligible recipients for this household consumption.  Sometimes, as well, the food is used to prepare and serve meals in a congregate setting.

Learn more about TEFAP here.