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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in California

Last Published: 02/13/2014


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

Key Actions:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing help to food banks through TEFAP.  To date in this fiscal year, USDA has made approximately $60 million available to food banks in the State of California to help families in need put food on the table.
  • Deliveries of this critically-needed food are already underway and will continue to take place throughout the spring and summer.