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Food Assistance

Food and Nutrition Banner

Community Action Partnership has food banks in Boundary County, Kootenai County, Shoshone County, Benewah County and Nez Perce County. People living in those counties who are income-qualified can access food through these CAP food banks and/or through linkages to other community food programs in their communities.

CAP food banks offer weekly assistance with perishable items. Depending on availability, households may receive bread, deli items, salads, dairy products, pastries, and fresh produce to help stretch food resources on a regular basis.

CAP food banks also provide food boxes that include approximately enough food items for three meals a day for one week for a given household size. Food boxes are available quarterly, and possibly more often depending on circumstances.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP is managed by CAP food banks in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene and supplies USDA commodities to food pantries in all the counties in northern Idaho. Food banks and pantries in northern Idaho may become “emergency feeding organizations” that are eligible to receive TEFAP commodities for distribution in their local communities.

Congregate Meals

Congregate meal sites are places like senior centers where lunch is served on weekdays to individuals age 60 or older. At senior centers people come together to enjoy a meal, meet and talk with friends, participate in health programs and find out about services. Some senior centers have transportation available from your home to the center.

Who qualifies?

  • Idahoans 60 years or older and their spouses, regardless of spouses' ages; and
  • Disabled people living in the home of person 60 years or older

Home Delivered Meals

Home delivered meals are nutritious meals that are delivered to homebound elders age 60 years or older and their spouses. Meals are prepared at local Senior Centers and delivered by local drivers. The drivers who deliver the meals make daily contact and check on the well-being of the elders they visit. Homebound elders may remain in their homes in part because of the delivery of hot, cold and frozen meals.

Who qualifies?

  • Idahoans 60 years or older and their spouses, regardless of spouses' ages
  • Disabled people living in the homes of those 60 years or older and
  • People who due to frailty are unable to participate in the Congregate Meal program or prepare a meal at home


CAP food banks need both financial and food donations to address hunger in our communities. If you would like to organize a food drive to help stock food bank shelves, contact your local CAP food bank to learn more about community needs and how you can help.

Volunteer Opportunities

CAP food banks rely on volunteers to help with daily operation of our nutrition programs. Contact your local CAP food bank to combat hunger in your community by volunteering.

For more information, please visit our Get Involved page.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

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, disability, age, 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.

Contact Us

Call 208.746.3351 or 800.326.4843 or email for additional information and to determine eligibility of any of these services.