Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

FNS logo The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available 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) Program Fact Sheet (PDF | 65 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Fact sheet about 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.


Man Eating at a Shelter The Emergency Food Assistance Program Eligibility Requirements & How to Apply

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides a summary of the eligibility requirements for schools and institutions interested in participating in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) of USDA and instructions for applying.


The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) State Contacts

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Find state level contacts for those responsible for administering all Food Distribution Programs except the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).


TEFAP Commodity Fact Sheets with Recipes

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

USDA commodity fact sheets and recipes currently available to persons eligible to participate in TEFAP. Each fact sheet includes a description of the USDA product, packaging and storage information, nutrition facts such as serving size, fat and sodium (salt) levels, etc., and suggested recipes.