The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) division.
TEFAP foods are purchased by the state from USDA FNS and distributed as Emergency Food Packages and in meals served at Congregate Feeding Sites (Soup Kitchens).
Emergency Food Packages
Participants can receive a TEFAP package for their household at least once a month by visiting their local Distribution Site (Food Pantry). The food inside these packages are shelf-stable which means they don’t require refrigeration. Items may include canned or dried fruits, vegetables and legumes (beans), bottles juices, and nuts.
Food packages are often supplemented with fresh produce, grains, pasta, bread and meat-based protein.
Congregate Feeding Sites (Soup Kitchens)
A congregate meal that includes TEFAP foods is a nutritious, hot meal provided at least once a day to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or other group setting. Congregate sites may also offer a variety of health-related services such as transportation, health screening, social service referrals, legal assistance, physical and social activities and volunteer opportunities.
For more information about TEFAP, please visit www.fns.usda.gov/tefap