TEFAP

What is TEFAP?

TEFAP stands for The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

It’s a federal program that helps supplement the diets of people living on a low income by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. We distribute the food through our partner food pantries and programs, and then neighbors are able to take it home. 

How to know if you qualify

If you have a combined gross income that doesn't exceed the maximum income limit for the applicable household sizes listed below, you qualify!

Also, if you are a Colorado resident, you can automatically qualify for TEFAP if you're enrolled in any of the following programs: Commodifty Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Old Age Pension (OAP), Ald to Needy Disables (AND), Ald to Blind (AB), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid Eligible Foster Children

2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Household Size Maximum Weekly Household Income Maximum Monthly Household Income Maximum Annual Household Income
1 $495 $2,147 $25,760
2 $670 $2,903 $34,840
3 $845 $3,660 $43,920
4 $1,019 $4,417 $53,000
5 $1,194 $5,173 $62,080
6 $1,368 $5,930 $71,160
7 $1,543 $6,687 $80,240
8 $1,718 $7,443 $89,320
For each additional family member, add: $175 $757 $9,080
WHAT FOODS YOU CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  offer fresh produce, dairy, meat, and non-perishable food items through Care and Share in select counties across our service area.

El Paso County tefap

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southern colorado tefap

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Common questions

Have more questions? Here, you'll find many of our frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer, don't fret. We're here for you. Contact a member on our programs team at Agencies@careandshare.org or at 719.528.1247.

If you qualify for this program (see requirements above), visit a site that participates in the program with your picture ID that shows you reside in Colorado. If you don’t have a picture ID, you can bring a piece of mail, a rental agreement, or anything that shows your name and address at your current location.

You then confirm with the TEFAP site manager that you qualify (you don’t need to provide documentation to prove this) and complete a simple sign-in sheet to receive your food box.

There are a lot of TEFAP distribution sites in Southern Colorado. You can view locations by clicking on the green buttons above.
Bring a picture ID that shows you reside in Colorado. If you don’t have a picture ID, you can bring a piece of mail, a rental agreement, or anything that shows your name and the address of your current location.

Yes! If you are homebound and unable to pick up your TEFAP distribution in person, you can designate someone else, a proxy, to pick up your commodities for you. Your proxy gives the form to the TEFAP site manager and must bring your picture ID. The Proxy Form is valid for one year.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PROXY FORM ENGLISH VERSION.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PROXY FORM SPANISH VERSION

You can pick up TEFAP food once a month. If you need more food assistance, you can also visit food pantries near you.

Yes! If you are eligible to receive TEFAP, you are automatically eligible to participate in CSFP.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.