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.
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
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.