USDA Programs

USDA

Food Bank of the Rockies administers three programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the School Lunch Program (SLP), and the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

TEFAP

Partner agencies in 23 counties, including Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Elbert, Grand and Park, can contact Food Bank of the Rockies to determine their eligibility and sign up to receive TEFAP product. Product varies month-to-month and can include canned fruits and vegetables, starches such as rice or potatoes, juice, cereal, frozen meat and fresh produce. There is no charge to participate and all food is free to qualifying agencies. To learn more about TEFAP please contact us. If you’re not already an FBR partner agency, learn more here.

CSFP

FBR distributes monthly food boxes to eligible seniors and families. Typical boxes may include canned fruits and vegetables, protein items like canned meat or peanut butter, cheese, juice, and cereals or grains. Families with infants will also receive baby formula. The box is designed to supplement the diets of those who qualify.

If you live in Denver County and are pregnant and/or have children age 5 and under and are not participating in the WIC program, or if you are 60 year or older and live in or around the Denver Metro area, you may be eligible to receive a commodity food box. Learn more about this program

SLP

During the school year, the USDA provides food for the free and reduced lunch programs. Food Bank of the Rockies helps distribute this food to area schools. This food is designed to complement school meal plans and will be used together with other items to feed all children in the school, not just those on the free or reduced lunch plan. Schools interested in participating can contact our SLP team to learn more. Learn more about this program and view our delivery calendar