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Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities to a network of food banks for distribution to eligible individuals and households within their service area. In order to be eligible for USDA commodities, a recipient or household must reside in the geographical area being served and meet established income guidelines. Under no circumstances shall a recipient be required to make any type of payment in money, materials, or services of any kind in connection with the receipt of USDA commodities.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is responsible for overseeing EFAP and ensures that USDA commodities are provided and distributed to eligible individuals and households in all 58 California counties.

Please follow this link to the income guideline chart to determine if you or your household meets the maximum income requirements to receive USDA commodities.

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