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Food distribution and assistance

Reduce food insecurity, get access to school lunch programs, and learn about emergency food assistance

Through the Food Distribution Program, LDAF receives, stores, and distributes commodities for the school lunch program and other donated food programs administered by USDA.

National School Lunch Program

The USDA's National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public, parochial, nonprofit private schools, and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

Emergency Food Assistance Program

The USDA's Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost.

Summer Food Service Program

The USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded, state-administered program. SFSP reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas.

Disaster Response

Ensuring access to nutritious food when emergencies and disasters happen through USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). In the immediate aftermath of a declared disaster, assists by providing USDA Food from non-emergency programs like school meals to disaster relief agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for congregate feeding sites. These voluntary organizations have the expertise and manpower to provide food to survivors at shelters and mass feeding sites. In addition, with approval from USDA, a household distribution program can be operated when conditions warrant it to provide boxes of nutritious food to hungry families.

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