Emergency Food Assistance
Emergency food assistance is typically distributed at food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city. Emergency food assistance provides groceries and/or hot meals to those in need, but supply varies greatly and distributors are often unable to meet the demand. Experts agree that emergency food assistance cannot be expected to fill the shortcomings of the food stamp allotment.
The majority of emergency food distributed comes from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Like other programs in the nutrition safety net, federal funding for TEFAP may be at risk in the current deficit reduction negotiations.