Food Assistance

Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

What is TEFAP?

The Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) also known as the Pink Card program, provides food assistance to needy Americans through the distribution of USDA commodities. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to states for distribution to households for use in preparing meals for home consumption or to organizations that prepare and provide meals for needy people. Foods are distributed free, but recipients of food for home use must meet program eligibility criteria set by the state.

bags of food

What Types of Food are Available Through TEFAP?

Available foods vary depending on market conditions. Typically, items such as canned and dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats, peanut butter and pasta products are available. Quantities of particular foods vary, and the state may rotate distribution of some foods from area to area so that each county receives its fair share at some time during the year.

TEFAP Distributions will take place quarterly at the Armory , 2525 Dove Rd, Port Huron, MI 48060 from 9 am- 4 pm

Dates for 2019:

March 19th

June 18th 

September 17th

 December 10th 


Commodities Supplemental Food Program

The Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) also known as the Green Card program, is a monthly distribution program that helps meet the nutritional needs of seniors aged 60 and over. Boxes of food are distributed to participating facilities and to individuals by way of a distribution center located in Port Huron each month.

Seniors who participate in this program are approved individually by the Blue Water Community Action and must meet income eligibility requirements. Once approved, each senior will receive a green card that is valid for 1 year.

CSFP Distribution Dates & Times for 2019

Monthly Distribution is at the Armory, 2525 Dove Rd., Port Huron, MI 48060 from 10 am- 1pm
February 21                June 20                                           October 17
March 21                    July 18                                             November 21
April 18                       August 15                                        December 12 *This is NOT the third Thursday
May 16                       September 19