The USDA Commodity Foods Program provides a variety of nutritious, free foods that enable low-income families to stretch their grocery dollars. Volunteers donate their time and efforts to help make the USDA food available to their neighbors. Funding is provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), also known as Commodities, 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. Food bags are distributed by volunteers and BCCSA staff members.
Eligibility is determined by an income scale based on 150% of the poverty level or client must be a current recipient of food stamps, Families First, SSI, LIHEAP or be a public housing resident. Recipients must register at our office in order to receive a punch card to pick up food.
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