Emergency Food Stamps in Georgia [Guide]
If you are suffering from hunger or are experiencing an emergency situation, there is help available to you. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), also known as Emergency Food Stamps helps low-income Georgia households that are facing a food and nutrition crisis. This program provides households immediate relief to those households that are having trouble meeting their basic needs.
To learn how you can receive Emergency Food Stamps in Georgia, continue reading below.
In this article we will cover:
- The Emergency Food Stamps Program in Georgia
- Who is eligible for Emergency Food Assistance
- Types of Food available through TEFAP
- Where you can get Emergency Food Assistance
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors
Emergency Food Stamps in Georgia
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps low-income Georgia households by providing food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Georgia Emergency Food Stamps are available in all 159 counties.
The Emergency Food Stamps Program serves the following low-income Georgia residents:
- Elderly over 60 and older
- Disabled or living with a Disability
- Legally Blind
Who is eligible for Emergency Food Stamps?
To be eligible for Emergency Food Assistance in Georgia, you must meet income requirements set by the state. If you participate in another federal or state assistance program you may automatically qualify for Emergency Food Assistance benefits. Qualifying assistance programs include SNAP, WIC, or TANF.
What types of food are available through TEFAP?
The food provided to households eligible for Emergency Food Assistance benefits varies based on market conditions. Typically, over 90 nutritious, high-quality food items are available to those on TEFAP.
Those food items can include:
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
- Canned Fruit and Vegetables
- Fresh and Dried Eggs
- Meat, Poultry and Fish
- Milk and Cheese
- Pasta and Rice
- Cereal and Bread
Where can I get Emergency Food Benefits?
Georgia residents can get TEFAP assistance by visiting their local community food bank. Emergency food is also distributed through soup kitchens, food pantries, nonprofit organizations, shelters, churches, and nursing homes throughout Georgia.
For help getting your Emergency Food Assistance, please contact your local county food bank. Click here to find the Georgia Food Bank in your county.
In addition, if you live in Conyers, check out our complete guide on the food banks in Conyers, GA.
Emergency Food Assistance Near Me
Other Benefit Programs you may Qualify For
If you qualify for TEFAP benefits in Georgia, you may also qualify for other assistance benefit programs. Similar to Emergency Food Assistance, eligibility for government assistance benefits is based off of household income.
If your income qualifies for TEFAP, you may qualify for:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
To find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits and instructions on how to apply online, check out our Georgia Food Stamps Application article here.
If you are age 60 or older, you may also quality for food assistance through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). To learn more about CSFP and to see if you qualify, continue reading below.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors (CSFP)
If you are sixty (60) years of age or older and are experiencing food insecurity, you may qualify for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This is a supplemental program offered to low-income seniors in Georgia. The CSFP provides Georgia seniors with nutritious essential food items and nutrition education at no cost.
What food is provided through the CSFP?
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program supplies seniors with food items such as:
- Milk and Cheese
- Water and Juice
- Dried Beans
- Cereal, Pasta and Rice
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Meats and Fish
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Where can I get CSFP food items in Georgia?
In Georgia, there are two food banks that supply CSFP approved seniors with essential food items. The two approved food banks are The Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia.
Currently, each food bank distributes items to the following Georgia counties:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank
CSFP Counties served in Georgia:
- Bartow County
- Butts County
- Carroll County
- Clayton County
- Cobb County
- Dawson County
- DeKalb County
- Douglas County
- Fayette County
- Fulton County
- Gwinnett County
- Henry County
- Morgan County
- Newton County
- Paulding County
- Polk County
- Rockdale County
- Walton County
The Second Harvest of South Georgia Food Bank
CSFP Counties served in Georgia:
- Atkinson County
- Brooks County
- Coffee County
- Colquitt County
- Grady County
- Lanier County
- Lowndes County
- Thomas County
- Tift County
- Turner County
How do I get my CSFP food items?
If you have been approved for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in Georgia and would like to receive your food items, please contact the food bank that serves your county.
Contact your local food bank by using the information provided below:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank Phone Number
The Second Harvest of South Georgia Food Bank Phone Number
(229) 244-2678, extension 206
You may also contact the food bank that distributes CSFP items in your county to get more information on availability.
If you have questions additional questions about the Georgia CSFP program, please contact the state office at (404) 657-3745.
Disaster Food Stamps Program in Georgia
If you and your family have been impacted by a natural disaster, you may qualify for food assistance through Georgia D-SNAP. The Georgia Disaster Assistance program helps those households that have been impacted by:
- Ice Storm
- Any other Natural Disaster
For more information on the Disaster Food Stamps program in Georgia, including eligibility and how to apply, read our complete Georgia D-SNAP Guide here.
Georgia Emergency Food Stamps
We hope this post about the Emergency Food Stamps in Georgia was helpful. If you have additional questions about the Georgia Emergency Food Assistance Program, please leave those in the comments section below.
If you qualify for Emergency Food Stamps, you may also be able to receive free Holiday Food Assistance Meals. To find out what holiday food assistance is available to you, read our Thanksgiving Assistance and Christmas Assistance articles.