The Emergency Food Assistance Program

TEFAP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that was authorized in 1981. Its purpose is to help supplement the diets of low-income and elderly people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition at no cost. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is the state’s distributing agency that is responsible for providing USDA TEFAP commodities to needy persons. SCDA has an agreement with Golden Harvest Food Bank for distribution of commodities to recipients. Golden Harvest Food Bank has an agreement with United Christian Ministries, as well as many other pantries or agencies with pantries, to distribute the TEFAP commodity foods to persons in need.


Persons are eligible to receive TEFAP commodity foods if they meet federal poverty guidelines or if they currently receive SNAP benefits, Family Independence (FI) benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

In accordance with TEFAP guidelines, the following Nondiscrimination Statement is included here:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

(October 14, 2015)

Hours of Operation   

Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays
9:00am to 12:00pm  
(Arrive early so you may be interviewed
& served prior to our closing at noon.)

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