Food Assistance

Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

What is TEFAP?

The Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food assistance to income eligible individuals and families through the distribution of USDA commodity foods. 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 income eligible individuals. Foods are distributed free of cost for all income eligible individuals and families. Income is self-declared, ID nor proof of income is not needed at time of sign up. Income eligibility is 200% or below poverty level, please click the link to access the income eligibility guideline.

 

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 Blue Water Community Action - 3403 Lapeer Road Port Huron, MI 48060 from 10 am- 2 pm

Distribution Dates for 2022:

June 18, 2022

August 20, 2022

November 19, 2022

Commodities Supplemental Food Program

The Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) also known as the Green Card program, is a bi-monthly food distribution program that helps meet the nutritional needs of individuals that are 60 and over and meet income eligibility. Boxes of food containing cheese, milk, canned veggies, fruit, meats, and cereals are distributed to participating facilities, every other month.

Individuals that participate in this program are approved individually by the Blue Water Community Action and must meet income eligibility requirements. Income is self-declared and proof of income does not need to be provided at time of application. Identification to prove residency and age is necessary at time of application and to pick up food. Applications are available on the day of distribution. Income eligibility is 130% or below poverty level please click the link to access the income eligibility guideline.

 

CSFP  Distributions will take place bi-monthly at Blue Water Community Action - 3403 Lapeer Road, Port Huron, MI  48060 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Distribution Dates for 2022:

July 21, 2022

September 15, 2022

November 17, 2022

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center
at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form
AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling
(866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed
AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov/">program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Civil Rights Complaint Link:

https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf