Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley


As of June 23, 2015, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is assisting the Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK.ORG) with the Emergency Food Assistance Program at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella 10:00am on the 4th Monday of each month.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities to a network of food banks for distribution to eligible individuals and households within their service area. In order to be eligible for USDA commodities, a recipient or household must reside in the geographical area being served and meet established income guidelines. Under no circumstances shall a recipient be required to make any type of payment in money, materials, or services of any kind in connection with the receipt of USDA commodities.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is responsible for overseeing EFAP and ensures that USDA commodities are provided and distributed to eligible individuals and households in all 58 California counties.



The SFMNP Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs), which are established each year based on WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines, were published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2015, (80 FR 17027). The adjusted income eligibility guidelines are used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the SFMNP. State agencies may implement the new income eligibility guidelines concurrently with the implementation of income eligibility guidelines under the Medicaid and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP), but the IEGs must be implemented no later than July 1 of each year. On January 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its annual update of the poverty guidelines (80 FR 3236). The HHS guidelines are used by a number of Federal programs, including WIC and the Medicaid Program, as the basis for determining and updating program income eligibility limits.

To be eligible on the basis of income, an applicant’s gross household income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must be no more than 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. The guidelines are shown below.


Those who are picking up food for another individual or family need to bring a SIGNED 
each time they pick up food for them.