The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"The hardship of being homeless with children is what I would like people to see.  When you look into my children’s faces and in their eyes in that picture, they’re only one and five years old, but you can see the stress and the loneliness. Especially in my oldest son because he’s been through before.  When we were homeless we spent a lot of time outside just to get out and clear our heads. When you’re homeless it seems like it’s not just being homeless from having a home; it’s being homeless from having self-respect and self-worth, and just not being able to do what you want to do."

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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