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Food Assistance Program (FAP)
The Washington State Department of Agriculture's (WSDA) Food Assistance Programs assist local organizations and tribes in providing emergency food to low-income people throughout Washington state. The program provides approximately $20 million worth of state and federal food and funding to support 500 food banks, food pantries, meal programs and tribes. Our goals are to alleviate hunger, increase the amount of nutritious foods distributed, and increase access to healthier food options available through emergency food programs while supporting the agricultural community.
WSDA works collaboratively with contractors, partners, and stakeholders for continuous improvement within the emergency food system. Our advisory committee is part of the Washington Food Coalition and plays a critical role in developing responsive, coordinated, and strategic solutions to the issue of hunger in our state.
For food assistance or to donate, contact your WSDA lead agency or local food provider by using one of the links to the right or contact the Food Assistance Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
The WSDA Food Assistance Programs include:
A state funded program that helps alleviate hunger for low income families by providing critical funding to food pantries, food banks, tribes and tribal organizations. Funding is flexible for providers; they may use their funding for the purchase of equipment or repairs, to purchase food and for operational costs.
A state funded program that helps alleviate hunger for low income families by providing funding to Federally Recognized Tribes or Non-Federally Recognized Tribes that are nonprofit entities with their 501C3 designation. Tribes may also apply under another tribe or a nonprofit agency supporting tribes. Tribes receiving funding may use it to help operate a food pantry or a tribal food voucher program.
A federal USDA program that helps the diets of families by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance. TEFAP provides primarily USDA food and limited operational funding for distribution to non-profit organizations such as community action councils, food banks, food pantries, shelters and meal programs which serve low-income Washingtonians.
A federal USDA program that provides nutritious food "packages" designated specifically for the needs of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, children up to age six (not on WIC) , and elderly peopl at least sixty years of age.(Limited availablity)
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD), USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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