If you live in Alabama and are suffering from hunger or 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 Alabama households that are facing a food and nutrition crisis. This program provides immediate relief to those households that are having trouble meeting their basic needs.
To learn how you can receive Emergency Food Stamps in Alabama, continue reading below.
In this article we will cover:
- The Emergency Food Stamps Program in Alabama
- Who is eligible for Emergency Food Assistance?
- Alabama Emergency Food Stamps Income Eligibility
- Types of Food available through TEFAP
- Where to get Emergency Food Assistance
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors
Emergency Food Stamps in Alabama
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps low-income Alabama households by providing food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Alabama Emergency Food Stamps are available in all 67 counties.
The USDA Emergency Food Stamps Program serves the following low-income Alabama 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 Alabama, 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.
You may qualify to receive Emergency Food Assistance in Alabama if you:
- Are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or food stamps
- Currently receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Are enrolled in Supplemental Security income (SSI)
- Declare that your total household income falls below 130% of the poverty level (proof of income is NOT required)
- Have experienced a natural disaster – flood, fire, hurricane, etc.
- Are experiencing an emergency situation – illness, injury, etc.
**You only need to meet one of the requirements listed above to be eligible for TEFAP in Alabama.
Alabama Emergency Food Stamps Income Eligibility
If you are not enrolled and currently receiving SNAP, TANF, or SSI benefits, then you must meet the income eligibility requirements to receive Emergency Food Stamps in Alabama. To find out if your household income is eligible for the Alabama Food Assistance Program, use the chart below.
The chart is effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
|Alabama Emergency Food Stamps Income Eligibility Guidelines|
|Household Size||Gross Monthly Income|
|Each additional Household Member Add:||$486 per person|
The chart above shows a monthly gross income for each household size. If your household income is at or below the income
listed for the number of people in your household, you are eligible to receive Emergency Food Assistance in Alabama.
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 in Alabama?
Alabama 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 Alabama.
For help getting your Emergency Food Assistance, please contact your local county food bank. If you live in Alabama and need help, click here to find the food bank near you.
Alabama Emergency Food Assistance Near Me
To find the closest Emergency Food Center to you, contact your local food bank. A food bank can provide you with a list of partner agencies near you.
Other Benefit Programs you may Qualify For
If you qualify for TEFAP benefits in Alabama, you may also qualify for other assistance benefit programs. Similar to Emergency Food Assistance, eligibility for government assistance benefits is based on 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 Alabama Food Stamps Application article here.
In addition, if you are 60 or older, you may also qualify for food assistance through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. To learn more about CSFP and to see if you qualify, continue reading below.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors (CSFP)
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income seniors in Alabama. The program supplements their diets with nutritious foods that promote good health.
If you are 60 years of age and are experiencing food insecurity, you may qualify for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
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 Alabama?
CSFP seniors can visit their local county food bank to receive their essential food supplies. The following Alabama food banks offer food assistance to low-income seniors:
Food Bank of North Alabama
2000-B Vernon Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone Number: (256) 539-2256
Fax Number: (256) 539-1437
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
107 Walter Davis Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone Number: (205) 942-8911
Fax Number: (205) 942-8838
West Alabama Food Bank
PO Box 805
Northport, AL 35476
Phone Number: (205) 759-5519
Fax Number: (205) 752-5547
Food Bank of East Alabama
375 Industry Drive
Auburn, AL 36832
Phone Number: (334) 821-9006
Fax Number: (334)821-4697
Selma Area Food Bank
497 Oak St.
Selma, AL 36701
Phone Number: (334) 872-4111
Fax Number: (334) 872-4183 FAX
Montgomery Area Food Bank
521 Trade Center Street
Montgomery, AL 36108-2107
Phone Number: (334) 263-3784
Fax Number: (800) 768-3784 Toll Free
Feeding the Gulf Coast
5248 Mobile South St.
Theodore, AL 36582
Phone Number: (888) 704-3663 or (251) 653-1617
Fax Number: (251) 653-4208
Wiregrass Area Food Bank, Inc.
382 Twitchell Rd.
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone Number: (334) 794-9775
Fax Number: (334) 794-6941
How do I get my CSFP food items?
If you have been approved for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in Alabama and would like to receive your food items, please contact the food bank that serves your county. Use the information provided above to contact your local food bank.
If you have questions additional questions about the Alabama CSFP program, please contact the state office at (833) 822-2202.
Disaster Food Stamps Program in Alabama
If you and your family have been impacted by a natural disaster, you may qualify for food assistance through Alabama D-SNAP. The Alabama 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 Alabama, including eligibility and how to apply, read our complete Alabama D-SNAP Guide here.
Alabama Emergency Food Stamps
We hope this post about the Emergency Food Stamps in Alabama was helpful. If you have additional questions about the Alabama Emergency Food Assistance Program, please leave those in the comments section below.
If you qualify for Emergency Food Stamps, you may also be eligible to receive monthly food stamp benefits. To see if you qualify for Alabama food stamps, check out our SNAP Eligibility Guide here.