Advocate for TEFAP

The desert region is especially vulnerable to food insecurity amid skyrocketing gas and grocery store prices and the increasing cost of living in California. FIND Food Bank relies on TEFAP to meet the heightened need for emergency food assistance during the prolonged economic and health crisis.

In 2020-21, California’s TEFAP allocations to FIND Food Bank were 2.29% of the total allocations – more than the densely populated, metropolitan San Francisco and Marin region at 2.10%. FIND’s service area in eastern Riverside County requires more food assistance and relief than San Francisco and Marin counties combined. While more families continue to turn to FIND due to the impact of inflation, supply chain shortages, and underemployment on the desert’s economy, we need a strong emergency food pipeline to ensure no one goes hungry.

USDA Contractor for Eastern Riverside County

FIND Food Bank is the USDA Contract Distributor for eastern Riverside County, working to strengthen the nutrition safety net by providing USDA foods and other nutrition assistance to low-income individuals, families, and seniors.

FIND selects agency subcontractors to distribute USDA commodities, including TEFAP and CSFP, to their respective communities.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program serving low-income households nutritious USDA Foods that also helps support American Agriculture.

Download TEFAP Income Guidelines 2021
See our list of agency subcontractors to find a food distribution site near you:


Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The CSFP works to improve the health of individuals at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. CSFP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded supplemental food program administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The program provides USDA commodities to a network of ten food banks, including FIND Food Bank, to improve the health of seniors in California by providing them nutritious foods. FIND subcontracts agencies, like senior centers, affordable senior living apartments and churches, to serve as the program site to distribute food packages to CSFP participants. For a list of program sites, qualifications, and the application


As a retirement community, the Coachella Valley desert region represents another unusual demographic inconsistent with the Riverside County statistics. In stark contrast to the state of California with 19.2% seniors and Riverside County with 21.5% seniors, the Coachella Valley desert region has 29.3% seniors (HARC).

Nondiscrimination 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:, 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.