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.
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.
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.
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.
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.