Food Assistance Guide

CSFP distribution at Holy Apostle Church

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.

Please visit our searchable Food Assistance Locator to find a food pantry near you.

For residents of North Idaho counties – Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah– food pantries are serviced by Second Harvest in Spokane. Check their food locator map here.

Summer Feeding Program Information:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out.
Summer Meals Finder
The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session. The SFSP serves children and teens age 18 and younger.

NEW – TEXTING OPTION

No Kid Hungry is promoting a texting service that families can use to find free meals.

Text “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877

Federal and State Food Assistance Programs

As of 5-31-2021 the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program has ended but we are posting new Community Food Distributions. Please visit our Food Assistance Locator Page.

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.

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

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