Copper River Native Association (CRNA) in cooperation with the Food Bank of Alaska operates a volunteer Food Bank to help eliminate hunger in the Copper River Region.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP is FREE to all who need food assistance. Nutritious foods are distributed to low-income men, women and children. A completed application can be turned in to the volunteer Food Bank Coordinator. Eligibility is based on household size (defined as a group of related or unrelated individuals who are living as one economic unit) and on gross monthly or annual income (income is money received by any member of the household before such deductions as taxes or Social Security). It includes the following: salary or wages; earnings from self-employment, including fishing and farming; welfare and unemployment; child support and alimony; strike benefits; Social Security, pensions, retirement and disability payments; and other cash income received or withdrawn from any source which would be available for payments of a child’s meal. Each households member’s Permanent Fund Dividend must be prorated as contributing to the total monthly household income. Food Stamp benefits are not included.
Anyone who is enrolled in the following is considered eligible for TEFAP: Food Stamp Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), or State General Assistance.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
This program is for seniors age 60 or older, pregnant and/or postpartum mothers, children between 1 & 6 years old (not currently on Women, Infant & Children (WIC) program), infants under 1 year old (not currently on WIC). Applications must be completed every six months, eligibility becomes effective when the applicant is added to the CSFP distribution list. You must pick up your box monthly, if you are inactive for two months or more you may be removed from the list. If you are ill please notify the Food Bank Coordinator to remain active on the distribution list.
Distribution: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s (except the first week of each month): 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment
The Volunteer Food Bank Program can use donations of food or cash. Non-perishable food items are accepted for needy families. All cash donations are tax deductible and should be taken to the Copper River Native Association Accounting Department, Mile 104 Old Richardson highway or mailed to P.O. Box H, Copper Center, Alaska 99573 and specify that it is a food bank donations. Your donations help buy extra food at a low cost and holiday turkeys. Each month the food bank runs out of food by the second week of the month and remains empty for the rest of the month and many people are turned away hungry. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. Tsin’aen!
Food items we can accept: Canned or dried vegetables, fish, fruit, juices, meats, milk, soups, tuna, turkey, chicken, ravioli, spaghetti O’s. Dry Cereal, cereal bars, cheese (velveeta), coffee (ground or instant), tea (any), cake mixes, dried beans, rice, pasta noodles, macaroni, etc. Peanut butter, jam, instant potato’s, rice-a-roni, hamburger helper, etc.
Copper River Native Association
Mile 104 Old Richardson highway
P.O. Box H
Copper Center, AK 99573
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