The next Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) distribution will be tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 20 in Saguache. The location is 305 3rd Street and will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
TEFAP is a federal program administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that help supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.
People often ask what kind of food they will receive. Items will vary but TEFAP foods generally include staples such as milk, cereal, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, dried beans, peanut butter, pasta, and chicken.
Recipients are eligible to receive TEFAP foods one time per month. Please bring a picture ID. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
For readers unfamiliar with the TEFAP program, it’s operated by the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. At Care and Share Food Bank, they believe that no one should go hungry. Every day, Care and Share provides food to its partner agencies across Southern Colorado to serve neighbors in need because well-fed communities are better for everyone.
Care and Share exists to ensure that the one in eight Southern Coloradans at risk of hunger have access to enough healthy and nutritious food to thrive. They know that children without adequate access to food cannot develop successfully, families cannot plan for their future, and seniors find it more difficult to remain independent.
Care and Share History
According to the Care and Share website: In 1972, our founder Sister Dominique Pisciotta saw many people in her own community struggling with hunger and decided to do something about it. Hunger wasn’t ok with Sister Dominique then and it isn’t ok with us now. We know you feel the same way.
In the early days, we distributed food baskets throughout Colorado Springs. Now, we provide millions of pounds of food throughout 31 Southern Colorado counties. We have far outgrown our humble beginnings, where we distributed food out of volunteers’ basements and a two car garage on S. Wahsatch Street. Today, we have the privilege of running our operation from a well- equipped distribution centers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. And volunteers, always the lifeblood of our work, have grown in ranks from one committed Sister to more than 7,000 annually!