CrossRoads partners with TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) to provide food to those in need through our food pantry. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service makes food products (commodities) as well as storage and distribution grants available to State Agencies and Indian Tribal Governments. The State Agencies that manage TEFAP distribute the product to qualifying emergency food organizations (EFOs), including—food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, and Community Action Agencies—which distribute the food directly to those in need or use it to prepare meals.
CrossRoads combines TEFAP food with privately donated food and food purchased through the Meijer Simply Give Program for emergency food box distribution. This “leveraging” of TEFAP commodities with privately donated and purchased food extends TEFAP program benefits beyond the budgeted amount for the program [ read more ]. We provide TEFAP to those who meet the income guidelines, but turn NO ONE AWAY.
Some local Owensboro donations come from:
- National Honor Society at Owensboro High School (monthly donations)
- Food drives by local businesses
- “Stamp Out Hunger” community food drive
- People just like you
- How can you help? By donating food items.