TEFAP Information

General Information

USDA commodities logo TEFAP information was derived from the following website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to States. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.

About TEFAP

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) makes food products (commodities) available to State Agencies and Indian Tribal Governments. The agencies that manage TEFAP distribute the product to qualifying emergency food organizations including food banks, church pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, and Community Action Agencies which distribute the food directly to those in need or use it to prepare meals. 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 Eligibility

cans photo The Emergency Food Assistance Program is designed to meet the short-term, emergency food needs of low-income Americans. 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 Statement

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this 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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