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 Blue Water Community Action - 3403 Lapeer Road Port Huron, MI 48060 from 10 am- 4 pm

Distribution Date for 2021:

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Distribution Dates for 2022:

March 26, 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 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  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 Date for 2021:

November 18, 2021

Distribution Dates for 2022:

January 20, 2022

March 17, 2022

May 19, 2022

July 21, 2022

September 15, 2022

November 17, 2022