The Nutrition Education Program through Purdue Extension provides education supporting healthy lifestyles to households and communities throughout Indiana. NEP provides direct nutrition education that is free to families and individuals who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). NEP and food pantry partnership is a great way to promote food security to food pantry clients; NEP has been shown to improve food security by 25% among NEP participants. NEP also supports healthy changes to improve the environments where SNAP families live, work and play through local community initiatives. Watch the video below to learn more or contact your local Extension Educator here.

Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program

Purdue Extension is an educational network that provides evidence-based information on topics including agriculture, community, environment, family, food and nutrition, gardening, and youth. This site establishes a link between Purdue's groundbreaking research and translates it to individuals in the community to apply to relevant problems they may be facing.

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TEFAP Contact Information

Douglas Adam
TEFAP Program Director 
2 N. Meridian Street 8E
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.234-8230

Legita Wilson
TEFAP Program Director 2
2 N Meridian Street 8E
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317)233-1327

Indiana TEFAP Distribution Area

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the USDA to each state. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, who then distribute food to the public. In most instances, local food banks combine TEFAP food with privately donated food for the clients to choose from at food pantries, and other distribution sites.

TEFAP is a means-tested program, with income eligibility requirements set by the states, typically between 100 and 155 percent of the federal poverty threshold. Indiana's eligibility is given as 185% of the federal poverty threshold. Recipients include many vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, working families, and the homeless.

TEFAP Non-Discrimination StatementOrganizations that receive TEFAP foods must comply with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy that the institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.De acuerdo con la ley federal y las políticas del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA, sigla en inglés), se le prohibe a esta institución que discrimine por razón de raza, color, origen, sexo, edad, o discapacidad.Para presentar una queja sobre discriminación, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, o llame gratis al (866) 632-9992 (voz). Personas con discapacidad auditiva o del habla pueden contactar con USDA por medio del Servicio Federal de Relevo (Federal Relay Service) al (800) 845-6136 (español) o (800) 877-8339 (inglés). USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual para todos.

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