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Expand TEFAP Funding Through 2022

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal nutrition program that purchases food from farmers to distribute to low-income Americans through food banks and in partnership with USDA. FIND Food Bank is the regional distributor of TEFAP for the desert region. We relied on TEFAP when the need for food assistance skyrocketed, and the program remains critical while FIND helps feed 60% more people prior to the pandemic.

Tell Congress and USDA: Strengthen emergency food assistance now! 

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

CNR is the process Congress uses to fund and structure child nutrition programs. These programs include school mealssummer and afterschool meals, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Child nutrition programs improve the health, nutrition, and well-being of millions of children across the country. Without CNR, child nutrition programs generally can’t significantly expand or improve.  

Learn how the Child Nutrition Reauthorization can address child hunger and

Tell your lawmakers to end child summer hunger

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Call on your representatives to modernize SNAP. Current SNAP benefits do not reflect rising food prices in 2021, American grocery habits, or nutrition guidelines. The average benefit someone receives is just $1.40 per person per meal. That is because SNAP benefits are still based on food preparation costs developed in 1975.

  • It is estimated that 17 million children are in families that struggle to put food on the table. There is a lot of evidence that getting enough nutrition affects a child’s mental and physical development and their ability to do well in school and be healthy.
  • Millions have lost jobs because of COVID-19 and thousands of small businesses have closed their doors. SNAP was created to help families in times of crisis whether it is a pandemic, a drought, a hurricane, or an economic recession.
Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer Program

Tell your lawmakers to make the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program permanent and nationwide, extend the strengthened Child Tax Credit, and ensure food banks are able to meet the increased demand by providing them additional food and capacity funds in an upcoming COVID recovery bill.

 Tell Congress: End Child Hunger Now!


Revisions to Thrifty Food Plan October 2021

SNAP Benefits will jump 27 percent above pre-pandemic levels, thanks to a revision of the Thrift Food Plan which controls the maximum allotments for SNAP, or CalFresh in California. 

The average cost of a meal in the US is $2.41 — 22 percent higher than maximum food stamp benefits, according to a recent Urban Institute report that Waxman co-authored. In 2020, the maximum benefit did not cover the cost of a modestly priced meal in 96 percent of US counties. The revision, however, will reduce that figure to an estimated 21 percent of counties.

“This is a really important towards SNAP benefit adequacy, but we’re not all the way there yet.” – Lisa Davis, senior vice president, No Kid Hungry

Learn About Local Hunger

Child & Summer Hunger
  • 22 million children receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year, but only 3.76 million continue to access those free meals in the summer. That’s where FIND’s Kids Summer Feeding Program steps in.
  • 4 out of 5 children may experience food insecurity in the desert region. We know that over 83% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals across the three regional school districts.
  • FIND feeds more than 60,000 children per month across our mobile markets and community partners. Children 0-18 years old comprise 40% of the total population we help feed.
Rural Hunger

Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally higher than urban households. This is due to food deserts, which is an area that has limited access to fresh, nutritious food. While there might be a gas station or fast food nearby fresh produce can be hard to find. Data collected by Feeding America reveals that 84% of U.S. counties with the highest percentage of food insecure children are rural.

  • Mercado Campesinos, FIND’s direct food distribution to farmworkers, feeds 400-750 farmworkers and their families every other week at different locations across the Eastern Coachella Valley.
  • Farmworkers face a multitude of obstacles to access nutritious foods:
    • Lack of reliable transportation and geographical isolation. A farmworker may have to drive 20 minutes or more to reach the nearest healthy grocery store.
    • Income insecurity stems from extreme temperatures and extended off-seasons for agricultural workers; out of work for 2-3 weeks after they harvest one crop means they have to stretch those wages.
    • Farm work is a physically intensive job leaving many immobile in their old age and unable to provide for themselves.
    • Agriculture is the second-largest contributor to the Desert’s economy. Farmworkers produce over 50% of the United States’ fruits and vegetables.

In the Hi-Desert we reach area residents through our mobile market at Copper Mountain College, and a distribution branch in the Morongo Basin where surrounding food pantries and soup kitchens can pick-up food for their clients. This saves them from making the hour-long trip down to the Coachella Valley to pick-up food items.

Food Waste
  • An estimated 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the US will never be consumed.
  • When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with serious side effects, including climate change.
  • FIND is the largest food rescue organization in the Desert. We rescued 9 million pounds of food in 2020!
  • This prevented the release of approximately 747,000 pounds of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere from a landfill.
Senior Hunger
  • FIND fed over 23,000 older adults on average each month in 2021.
  • Older households are much less likely to receive help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) than other households, even though expected benefits are roughly the same.
Hunger + Health
  • FIND Food Bank is a healthy food bank, our total distribution is always 40-50% fresh produce.
  • Read about the benefits of consistent healthy meals on Feeding America’s blog, Hunger + Health