The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides assistance to low-income families through the distribution of food available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Households are eligible to obtain food if the gross household income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level. Check the eligibility income guidelines for more information.

Western Dairyland operates the TEFAP program and provides supplemental food to food pantries in our service area of Eau Claire, Buffalo, Trempealeau and Jackson Counties. These pantries are open monthly and provide an emergency supply of food that should last a household two to three days. Many of the volunteers who run the food pantries come from Western Dairyland's RSVP Volunteer Program.

Current Food Pantry Schedules

Please call your local food pantry (listed at right or below) for information and food distribution dates and times. You may also call 211 to find the location and hours of a food pantry near you. When you go to a pantry, bring your ID and proof of residence, such as a utility bill. You may need to complete a brief eligibility application when you pick up the food.

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Any food program or soup kitchen who may be interested in joining The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) should contact Becca Elbert at or by phone at 715-836-7511 ext 1188. View the application to join TEFAP here: TEFAP Application

USDA Statement on Discrimination

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:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Food Pantries

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your local food pantry:

St. Francis Food Pantry
1221 Truax Blvd.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715-839-7706

Buffalo County Food Pantry
(in St. John's Lutheran Church)
709 S Second Street
Alma, WI 54610
Phone: 608-685-4341 or 608-685-3223

Jackson County Food Pantry
Gebhardt School
411 Gebhardt Rd., Black River Falls
Phone: 715-896-3601

Trempealeau County Food Pantry
County Health Care Center
W20410 Highway 121
Whitehall, WI 54773
Phone: 715-200-1649 or 715-538-2397

Feed My People Food Bank
View listings of food pantries, community meal sites, and other hunger-relief agencies that Feed My People Food Bank distributes food to in west central Wisconsin.

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