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Food Assistance

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

CSFP works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. USDA distributes both food and administrative funds to participating states and Indian Tribal Organizations to operate CSFP. 

At this time, we have slots AVAILABLE for seniors to register for CSFP.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

TEFAP is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP.


SMCAA distributes TEFAP commodities on a quarterly basis on the third Wednesday of February, May, August, and November. In 2020, SMCAA provided 54,634 food boxes to in-need households across the tri-county area!

Food Pantries

SMCAA has food pantries across the tri-county service area for those in need of food. Eligible clients who are in need of food supplies may receive three days worth of product from any of the SMCAA pantry locations.


Food assistance through our pantry is by referral only. Call 2-1-1 for referrals

Holiday Food Share Program


In partnership with various community partners, SMCAA provides holiday meals to eligible households in Southwest Michigan.

City of Benton Harbor CDBG Food Program


In partnership with the City of Benton Harbor, SMCAA is providing a special food commodity and hygiene kit distribution to city residents. If you are a resident of the City of Benton Harbor, you may be eligible. 

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. 


To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Civil Rights Complaint Link: Click Here

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