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V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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What is this program?

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides emergency foods to help supplement the diets of low-income individuals. Nutritional education is also provided through this program.

Who can receive these foods?

Individuals/families with monthly income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Income 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 Counties Served: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale,
Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield,
Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens
Harvest Hope Food Bank Counties Served: Chester, Chesterfield,
Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon,
Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw,
Orangeburg, Laurens, Lee, Lexington,
Marlboro, Marion, Newberry, Richland,
Saluda, Sumter
Lowcountry Food Bank Counties Served: Beaufort, Berkeley,
Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown,
Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Williamsburg
Second Harvest Food Bank Counties Served: Cherokee, Lancaster,
Spartanburg, Union, York

How are these foods provided?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases food and makes it available to DSS. DSS provides the food to food banks that serve SC, which in turn, 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 preparation and consumption.

Food packages include a variety of foods, such as non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, egg mix, peanut butter, dry beans or peas, canned meat, poultry, or tuna, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Information – provides information on healthy receipts, reading food labels, and ways to stretch your food dollars

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