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Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

Federal Assistance Programs


Food Disaster Assistance Program

Agency: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Florida Contact: John L. Butler
Address: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
227 N. Bronough Street, Suite 3086
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1376
Telephone: (850) 942-8315
Fax: (850) 942-8320

As part of the Federal Emergency Response Plan, FNS's Food Distribution Division has the
primary responsibility of supplying food to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army for mass feeding or household distribution. Disaster organizations request food and nutrition assistance through state agencies that run USDA's nutrition assistance programs. FNS's food assistance program primarily provides commodity foods for shelters and other mass feeding sites, distributes commodity food packages directly to households in need, and issues emergency food stamps.