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

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.

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.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.