Food Assistance Guide

Federal Food Assistance

COVID-19 Assistance – The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program White House letter

The “Farmers To Families Food Box Program” is part of the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This program allows more food to flow quickly into the Idaho while aiding farmers and ranchers throughout the country. The Idaho Foodbank has effectively implemented this program across the state since June of 2020.

In October the USDA required that all contracted suppliers insert a letter from the White House. This letter contains information about the “Farmers To Families” program and public health advice to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

It is important to note that The Idaho Foodbank and its partners receive these food boxes directly from the contracted vendor pre-packed with the food and letter already inserted. The Idaho Foodbank did not insert this letter. Inclusion of this letter in these particular food boxes does not imply any political beliefs or policy position on the part of this organization.

  • Organizations, including partners of The Idaho Foodbank, receiving these boxes may choose to remove this letter at their discretion.
  • The Idaho Foodbank appreciates the concerns this letter may cause. To clear up any confusion The Idaho Foodbank is providing a flyer to food box recipients that alerts them to the fact that the box contains a letter from the White House.
  • A copy of the letter from the White House in both English and Spanish can be found here.
  • If you need food assistance, visit our Food Assistance Locator.

Additional questions or concerns can be emailed to:  covidresponse@idahofoodbank.org

Federal Food Assistance Programs

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the program otherwise known as food stamps. For information on the requirements for benefits in Idaho check out this resource page.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) improves the health of low-income seniors at least 60 years of age, by adding nutritious food to their diets. The Idaho Foodbank serves 2,200 seniors each month through this program. Learn more about The Idaho Foodbank’s CSFP Program here.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of Idahoans who are low-income, including the elderly, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. The Idaho Foodbank supports the TEFAP program in Eastern Idaho. The Community Action Partnership Association manages the distribution of TEFAP across the other regions. Learn more about The Idaho Foodbank’s TEFAP Program here.

Women, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service (WIC) provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) allows Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) to operate a food distribution program as an alternative to SNAP for those living on or near an Indian reservation.

Senior Nutrition Programs include both home-delivered meals such as Meals on Wheels and senior congregate feeding programs.

Please note: there are no requirements or income qualifications to use free food assistance services provided by The Idaho Foodbank or through its community network. Go to our Food Assistance Locator to find a food pantry near you or contact us.

Every dollar you give to The Idaho Foodbank can provide five meals to families in need.

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