TEFAP & CSFP
Senior Brown Bags (CSFP)
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with bags of nutritious USDA commodity foods. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population.
CSFP is administered at the Federal level by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Good Shepherd Food Bank prepares and distributes CSFP food bags for the state of Maine. The Food Bank distributes about 3,000 CSFP food packages each month to partner agencies across the state.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP represents a partnership between the Food Bank, the Maine Department of Agriculture, and USDA. Through this program we made commodity items such as mixed fruit, walnuts, asparagus, salmon, frozen orange juice and strawberries available to eligible agencies statewide.