Federal Food Assistance Programs
Last Updated 08/19/2020
The Office of Community Services (OSC) administers three (3) Federal food assistance programs in Hawaii under the direction of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as follows:
|Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)||Works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with a box of nutritious USDA foods.||
To participate, complete an application form and bring it, along with your documentation, to a certification site in your county.
|Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)||SFMNP grants are used to provide low-income seniors with eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh cut herbs) from authorized farmers, farmers’ markets, and roadside stands during the “harvest season” (April 1 – September 30).||
||To print or download a 2020 SFMNP application please use the link below for the local agency in your County.
Currently, Hawaii Foodbank Oahu and Kauai, and Maui Economic Opportunity are wait listing new applications.
|The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)||Helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.||
To participate, visit a soup kitchen or participating food pantry in your area.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected]. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.