USDA Commodity Distribution Programs

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The United States Department of Agriculture sponsors multiple federal nutrition programs including two implemented by HHFB in our region. These programs involve the purchase of commodities by the government and the distribution of those food products to the states, who in turn distribute them to those in need through contracts with agencies like HHFB. In Indiana, these programs reside in the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), which partners with HHFB to distribute the food to agencies.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) program increases HHFB's capacity to supply those most in need with healthy food. Food is supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and distributed to food pantries and soup kitchens in 6 counties.

(Link to list of TEFAP pantry outlets).

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) program provides monthly food boxes to nearly 800 low-income seniors in three poor, rural counties in the HHFB service area. Brown, Crawford, Martin and Orange counties are currently served. Boxes generally include approximately 40lbs of high protein items, grains, vegetables, juices, canned meat or peanut butter, powdered or evaporated milk, a 2lb block of cheese, recipes, and nutrition information.

USDA prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).  To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call 1-800-795 3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Packing CSFP boxes

Volunteer with the CSFP Program

Each month, HHFB must pack 800 boxes of food for distribution to low-income seniors. This is an assembly line process that is well suited to larger groups of volunteers. 10-30 volunteers are needed once a month. Volunteer shifts are both suitable for indviduals as well as groups.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (812) 334-8374 or volunteer@hhfoodbank.org for more information or to schedule a volunteer shift.