United States
"The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)"

What is The Emergency Food Assistance Program ?

TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. 

How Does TEFAP Work ?

The United States Department of Agriculture makes commodity foods available to State Distributing Agencies. States provide the food to local agencies that directly serve the public. 

Who is Eligible for The Emergency Food Assistance Program ?

Low-income people who meet federal income guidelines and whose household resides in the geographical area being served they are eligible to get TEFAP food.


Income Limits for Emergency Food Assistance Program

A Household is eligible to receive a TEFAP package if the total gross income for the household does not exceed 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Types of Foods Available through TEFAP

TEFAP package vary depending on preferences of states and on agricultural market conditions. Usually include fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, milk, nuts, bread, grains, oils, and cereal.

Participants can receive a TEFAP package for their household at least once a month by visiting their local Distribution Site. The food inside these packages are shelf-stable which means they don’t require refrigeration.

Public or private nonprofit organizations that provide nutrition assistance to low-income Americans, either by distributing food for home use or preparing meals to be served in a congregate setting.

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How to Apply for The Emergency Food Assistance Program ?

There’s no standard TEFAP application form, Contact your State Distributing Agency for more information about TEFAP.