The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP helps to supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Food include non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, egg mix, peanut butter, dry beans or peas, canned meat and canned fruits and vegetables.


Nondiscrimination Statement 

Who can receive these foods?

Individuals/families with monthly income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Income guidelines.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

How can I apply?

TEFAP is available through the below listed food banks. Contact them to locate a distribution site near you. Proof of identity is required to complete the eligibility determination process.

  • Golden Harvest Food Bank
    • Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens
    • (706)736-1199
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
    • Chester, Chesterfield, Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Orangeburg, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Sumter
    • (803)254-4432
  • Lowcountry Food Bank
    • Beautfort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Williamsburg
    • (843)747-8146
  • Second Harvest Food Bank

How are these foods provided?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes food available to DSS. DSS, in turn, provides the food to food banks. The food banks distribute the food to local community organizations. Some organizations, like soup kitchens, provide prepared meals to eligible individuals and other organizations distribute the food to individuals for home use.