TEFAP

TEFAP, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, provides low-income individuals and households with surplus commodities donated by the USDA. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, with assistance from volunteers, combines donated items, purchased food, and USDA commodities to create a food box to supplement food needs.

To receive a food box:

  • Self-declare that you meet the income guidelines.
  • View eligibility guidelines.
  • Locate the agency/pantry that is most convenient to you.
  • Go to that pantry during their listed hours of operation and request a Food Box. Clients are allowed one visit per month.

The pantry or agency you visit will ask for the following information:

  • Name
  • Your date of birth, and the date of birth of the family members residing with you
  • The number of people in your family
  • Proof that you live in the service area
  • A photo ID

The USDA and The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are equal opportunity providers.

Starting July 1st, 2014, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) has changed the type of available food assistance packages; from two sizes to one size. All TEFAP packages will contain the exact same items. The amount of packages a family receives will be based on the number of members in the household:

  • A family with 1, 2, or 3 members will receive 1 bag plus bread, produce, and any bonus items as available
  • A family with 4, 5, or 6 members will receive 2 bags plus bread, produce, and any bonus items as available
  • A family with 7 or more members will receive 3 bags plus bread, produce, and any bonus items as available