The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

That’s my son, Dominic. This is the food pantry of the Johnnycake Center. My son, he’s special needs. He has Down syndrome. He’s been volunteering for the pantry for like three years now.  I might be a person in need of some of this stuff, but when you’re in need you can also give back. I wouldn’t ever take if I didn’t need, and so I give back through volunteering.

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.

Current Issue

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.

 

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