The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.htm,
or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6736 (Spanish).
A food box is a free, three- to five-day supply of food for you and your family. You may be asked to provide proof of your address (unless you are homeless).
This type of food pantry is designed to feel like a grocery store, allowing you to choose food from the shelves based on what you and your family need the most. Each pantry sets its own limits on the amount of food you can select based on your household size and the amount of food the pantry has to share. To find metro-area shopping-style pantries, look for a note at the end of each entry.
A meal site is a warm, dry place where you are served a free, nutritious meal. No proof of address is required.
Other metro-area programs
Harvest Share: A free, farmers-market style fruit and vegetable distribution for people in need.
Community Basket: Provides members with extra groceries each month, plus a newsletter filled with budgeting tips and recipes. There's no need to sign up in advance. Program fees are $5 for four months or $15 per year.
To find Community Basket and Harvest Share sites near you, use the zip code search tool above. Under service type, uncheck all boxes except for "Other Programs." Then enter your zip code and click "GO."