Food Distribution

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

This program distributes United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food to income eligible households in Kent County. The food is distributed quarterly through county wide distribution sites. Depending on what food items are available from the USDA, the distribution may consist of canned and frozen meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, milk, cheese, peanut butter, pasta, and/or cereal.

PLEASE NOTE: On occasion we may run out of supplies and close early.

Eligibility

  • Household income at or below:
    • $2,265 per month for a household of one, or
    • $3,052 a month for a household of two
    • Call for information about larger households

And / Or

  • TEFAP 2016
  • TEFAP 2016
  • TEFAP 2014
  • TEFAP 2014
  • TEFAP 2014
  • TEFAP 2014
  • Participation in
    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
    • Family Independence Program (FIP)
    • Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Households with children who receive free/reduced priced meals at their school through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Requirements

  • Must live in Kent County
  • Program participants may only pick up at one location once a month
  • Must meet program eligibility (see Eligibility) or have a need for food, and self-declare program required information (see Registration Process)

Registration Process

  • Registration can be completed on the day of the distribution
  • No documentation is needed, all information is self-declared
  • The clients must provide name, address, household size, verbally verify eligibility and self-declare that they meet the program requirements. No proof of information is needed.
  • Please see our Distribution Locations & Information to find the closest site near you. Contact Kent County Community Action for more information and help.

Best Practices

Food packages can be 50 pounds or more in weight, to help make it easier to transport some recommended practices include:

  • Pre-plan a mode of transportation
    • Motorized Vehicle (personal, friend, family, agency based, and/or other services)
    • Take the Bus
    • Other methods of travel (walk, wheel, cycle, etc.)
  • Pre-plan a method to transport the food package
    • Bring a cart
    • Bring extra bags
    • Bring someone to help get the food home or other assistive equipment
    • If the client is not able to pick-up their food box they may have a designated proxy pick-up on their behalf
      • On the Day of Distribution, the client may designate a proxy by sending a signed note including the client's name, address, household size, reason of eligibility, and authorizing the proxy (by name) to pick-up the food.

Distribution Locations & Information

  • Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD- 3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online by clicking here, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    • Mail
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    • Fax
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    • Email
      program.intake@usda.gov
  • Non-Discrimination Statement - Spanish

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA. , (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea aquí y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por: correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.