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About the Food Boost Program

Need a little boost? NEMCSA has you covered! With the NEMCSA Food Boost Program we offer extra food with the Golden Grocery monthly giveaway, at local pantries and through home delivery! 

This program is formally known as: The Food Assistance Program or TEFAP. 

Food items can include, but not limited to: peanut butter, cheese, soup, canned fruit, meat and vegetables.

Serving: Alcona | Alpena | Arenac | Cheboygan | Crawford | Iosco | Montmorency | Ogemaw | Oscoda | Otsego | Presque Isle

Once all pantry locations have been established, a full detailed list including hours will be shared here. 

Who can receive a boost?

You live within one of our service counties (listed above)

  • A person or household meets the below income guidelines OR receives SNAP, WIC, FDPIR, CSFP or a child receives free/reduced meals at school.

    Household Size: 1, Annual: $27,180, Monthly: $2,265 or Weekly: $523
    Household Size: 2, Annual: $36,620, Monthly: $3,052 or Weekly: $704
    Household Size: 3, Annual: $46,060, Monthly: $3,838 or Weekly: $886
    Household Size: 4, Annual: $55,500, Monthly: $4,625 or Weekly: $1,067
    Household Size: 5, Annual: $64,940, Monthly: $5,412 or Weekly: $1,249
    Household Size: 6, Annual: $74,380, Monthly: $6,198 or Weekly: $1,430
    For each additional family member add, Annual: $9,440, Monthly: $787 or Weekly: $182

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Civil Rights Complaint Link

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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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 

  1. fax: 
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 

  1. email: 


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.