The Emergency Food Assistance Program


The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing emergency food assistance at no cost.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility is based on income. The total household income before any deductions must fall below a certain dollar amount to be eligible for SNAP benefits. The dollar amount will be determined by how many people are in your household.

Households may meet TEFAP income-based standards in the following two ways:

Participate in one of these public assistance programs

  • Aid to Needy Disabled (AND) Aid to Blind (AB)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program)
  • Eligible Foster Children
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
  • SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)


If you are not participating in any of the above public assistance programs, you must have a combined gross income which does not exceed the maximum income limit for the household size.

View the income limits table.

Locate a Food Bank


How Do I Apply?

  • Applications are available at the Las Animas County Health and Human Services building located at 219 S. Chestnut Street, Trinidad, CO 81082. Phone 719-846-2276
  • Operating hours are Monday-Friday 7:30-3:30 pm
  • To complete an application be sure to bring:
    • Proof of age, such as Colorado Picture ID
    • Proof of county residency and current address (driver’s license, rental agreement, utility bill)

View the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The Care and Share Program

Please refer to the South Central Council of Governments website for more information.