Households in need of emergency food can receive support through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). This program that provides specific grocery products to eligible families in need of short-term hunger relief. Food may be distributed through local providers such as emergency food pantries, food banks, soup kitchens and shelters.
TEFAP is intended to supplement the diets of families with low-incomes, including older adults, and assistance is provided at no cost.
The United States Department of Agriculture purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality commodities and provides them to distributing centers. In Connecticut, the Department of Social Services contracts with Connecticut Food Bank, Inc. and Foodshare, Inc. to distribute goods to eligible recipients through a network of local food pantries.