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Other resources available for Food Assistance

posted Jan 29, 2019, 10:23 AM by Christene Diers   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 11:47 AM ]
DFS works with the Food Bank of the Rockies to administer The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), to help supply the food banks across the state.  TEFAP is a Federal program, separate from SNAP, that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.  TEFAP is administered at the Federal Level by the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The program was designed to help reduce Federal food inventories and storage costs while assisting the needy. DFS contracts with the Food Bank of the Rockies to provide outreach, application processing, commodity storage and distribution, and reporting functions for TEFAP in each county. To be eligible for TEFAP, households must have gross monthly income that is equal to or less than 130% of the current federal poverty level based on household size.

There are a lot of partners that do not distribute TEFAP goods, but can help with additional food assistance, including mobile pantries (which are open to the public). All DFS field office staff have been equipped with a list of the TEFAP locations, partnering agencies, as well as the mobile pantry schedule http://wyomingfoodbank.org/mobile-pantries-wyoming/, so they can assist any citizens in need.