Your tenants organization can help your neighbors meet some basic needs
Using Government or private funding, tenants organizations can help neighbors meet food and nutrition needs. Federal Food Programs The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The TEFAP program provides food assistance at food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc., to supplement your diet.
To find a location near you, contact the administering food bank in your region on this TEFAP MAP.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The CSFP program provides low-income, elderly recipients with a monthly box of food. It contains items like pasta, evaporated milk, canned beans and vegetables, peanut butter, etc. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, 49 of 88 Ohio counties participate in the program.
You are eligible for the program if you are age 60 or older, if your household is at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line and if you live in a participating county (see map below).
To sign up for the program, please download a CSFP application and send to the nearest administering food bank agency
To find the nearest administering agency, download the CSFP Map
Private Food Programs
Model Program: Sunnyview Square
For the past 3 years, tenants at Sunnyview Square Apartments in Delaware, Ohio have participated in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). On the last Wednesday of every month, the Council for Older Adults delivers food boxes on site to the tenants who are eligible and signed up for the program (not all eligible tenants at Sunnyview have chosen to participate). The Sunnyview Square Tenant Association was instrumental in gaining access to the program and pushing the Council to deliver the boxes directly to the building.
The CSFP boxes contain items like boxed cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes and canned fruits and vegetables. Tenants are also provided with a 2 lb brick of Velveeta-style cheese to make Macaroni & Cheese. Often included is a special recipe that utilizes some of the items provided in that particular month's boxes.
Starting in October of 2012, tenants at Sunnyview began to be temporarily relocated due to planned renovations at the property. Thankfully Wallick Properties management staff at Sunnyview Square were willing to make arrangements with the Council for Older Adults to deliver the boxes to the temporary addresses during the renovations so that tenants wouldn't be without this valuable program.