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TEFAP Availability of Foods for FY 2023

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This notice announces the surplus and purchased foods that the department expects to make available for donation to states for use in providing nutrition assistance to the needy under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in fiscal year (FY) 2023. The foods made available under this notice must, at the discretion of the state, be distributed to eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) for use in preparing meals and/or for distribution to households for home consumption.

Supplementary Information

In accordance with the provisions set forth in the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (EFAA), 7 USC 7501, et seq., and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 USC 2036, the department makes foods available to states for use in providing nutrition assistance to those in need through TEFAP. In accordance with section 214 of the EFAA, 7 USC 7515, funding for TEFAP foods is allocated among states according to a formula that accounts for poverty and unemployment levels within each state. Section 214(a)(1) of the Act requires that 60 percent of each state's allocation be based on the number of people with incomes below the poverty level within the state; and section 214(a)(2) requires that the remaining 40 percent be equal to the percentage of the nation's unemployed persons within the state. State officials are responsible for establishing the network through which the foods will be used by ERAs in providing nutrition assistance to those in need and for allocating foods among those ERAs. States have full discretion in determining the amount of foods that will be made available to ERAs for use in preparing meals and/or for distribution to households for home consumption.

Surplus Foods

Surplus foods donated for distribution under TEFAP are Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) foods purchased under the authority of section 416 of the Agricultural Act of 1949, 7 USC 1431 (section 416) and foods purchased under the surplus removal authority of section 32 of the Act of Aug. 24, 1935, 7 USC 612c (section 32). The types of foods typically purchased under section 416 include dairy, grains, oils, and peanut products. The types of foods purchased under section 32 include meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, dry beans, juices, and fruits.

Approximately $233.1 million in surplus foods acquired in FY 2022 are being delivered to states in FY 2023. Surplus foods currently scheduled for delivery include almonds, beans, bison, cherries, chicken, dates, fish, grapes, shrimp, peaches, pistachios, nectarines, raisins, sweet potatoes, and walnuts. Other surplus foods may be made available to TEFAP throughout the year. The department would like to point out that food acquisitions are based on changing agricultural market conditions; therefore, the availability of foods is subject to change.

Purchased Foods

In accordance with section 27 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 USC 2036, the Secretary is directed to purchase an estimated $445.5 million worth of foods in FY 2023 for distribution through TEFAP. In addition, states will receive up to $943 million in supplemental foods and operational expenses provided under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation. These foods are made available to states in addition to those surplus foods which otherwise might be provided to states for distribution under TEFAP.

For FY 2023, the department anticipates purchasing the foods listed below for distribution through TEFAP. The amounts of each item purchased will depend on the prices the department must pay, as well as the quantity of each item requested by the states. Changes in agricultural market conditions may result in the availability of additional types of foods or the non-availability of one or more foods listed.

FY 2023 USDA Foods Available List for TEFAP

Apples, Braeburn, Fresh
Apples, Empire, Fresh
Apples, Fuji, Fresh
Apples, Gala, Fresh
Apples, Granny Smith, Fresh
Apples, Red Delicious, Fresh
Apples, Fresh
Apple Juice, 100%, Unsweetened
Apple Slices, Unsweetened, Frozen (IQF)
Applesauce, Unsweetened, Canned (K)
Applesauce, Unsweetened, Cups, Shelf-Stable
Apricots, Halves, Extra Light Syrup, Canned
Blueberries, Highbush, Frozen
Cherry Apple Juice, 100%, Unsweetened
Cranberry Apple Juice, 100%, Unsweetened
Cranberries, Dried, Individual Portion
Grape Juice, Concord, 100%, Unsweetened
Grapefruit Juice, 100%, Unsweetened
Fruit and Nut Mix, Dried
Mixed Fruit, Extra Light Syrup, Canned
Oranges, Fresh
Orange Juice, 100%, Unsweetened
Peaches, Freestone, Slices, Frozen
Peaches, Sliced, Extra Light Syrup, Canned
Pears, Bartlett, Fresh
Pears, Bosc, Fresh
Pears, D'Anjou, Fresh
Pears, Fresh
Pears, Extra Light Syrup, Canned (K)
Plums, Pitted, Dried
Raisins, Unsweetened, Individual Portion
Raisins, Unsweetened


Cheese, American, Reduced Fat, Loaves, Refrigerated
Cheese, Cheddar, Yellow, Shredded, Refrigerated
Milk, 1%, Shelf-Stable UHT
Milk, 1%, Individual Portion, Shelf-Stable UHT
Milk 1% Fresh
Milk, Skim, Fresh


Beans, Green, Low-sodium, Canned (K)
Beans, Green, No Salt Added, Frozen
Carrots, Diced, No Salt Added, Frozen
Carrots, Sliced, Low-sodium, Canned
Corn, Whole Kernel, No Salt Added, Canned (K)
Corn, Cream Style, Low sodium, Canned
Mixed Vegetables, 7-Way Blend, Low-sodium, Canned
Corn, Whole Kernel, No Salt Added, Frozen
Mixed Produce Box, Fresh
Peas, Green, Low-sodium, Canned
Peas, Green, No Salt Added, Frozen
Potatoes, Dehydrated Flakes
Potatoes, Round, Fresh
Potatoes, Russet, Fresh
Potatoes, Sliced, Low-sodium, Canned
Pumpkin, No Salt Added, Canned
Spaghetti Sauce, Low-sodium, Canned
Spinach, Low-sodium, Canned
Sweet Potatoes, Fresh
Tomato Juice, 100%, Low-sodium
Tomato Sauce, Low-sodium, Canned
Tomato Sauce, Low-sodium, Canned (K) (H)
Tomato Soup, Condensed, Low-sodium, Canned
Tomatoes, Diced, No Salt Added, Canned
Vegetable Soup, Condensed, Low-Sodium, Canned


Beans, Black, Low-sodium, Canned
Beans, Black-eyed Pea, Low-sodium, Canned
Beans, Black-eyed Pea, Dry
Beans, Garbanzo, Canned (K)
Beans, Great Northern, Dry
Beans, Kidney, Light Red, Low-sodium, Canned
Beans, Kidney, Light Red, Dry
Beans, Lima, Baby, Dry
Beans, Pinto, Low-sodium, Canned
Beans, Pinto, Dry
Beans, Refried, Low-sodium, Canned
Beans, Vegetarian, Low-sodium, Canned
Lentils, Dry
Peas, Green Split, Dry

Protein Foods

Alaska Pollock Fish, Whole Grain Breaded Sticks, Frozen
Alaska Pollock Fish, Fillets, Frozen
Beef, Canned/Pouch
Beef, Fine Ground, 85% Lean/15% Fat, Frozen
Beef, Fine Ground, 85% Lean/15% Fat, Frozen, LFTBOPT, Frozen
Beef Stew, Canned/Pouch
Catfish, Fillets, Frozen
Chicken, Canned
Chicken, Pouch
Chicken, Split Breast, Frozen
Chicken, Whole, Frozen
Eggs, Fresh
Egg Mix, Dried
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Peanut Butter, Smooth (K)
Peanut Butter, Smooth, Individual Portion
Peanuts, Roasted, Unsalted
Pork, Canned/Pouch
Pork, Ham, Frozen
Pork, Chops, Boneless, Frozen
Salmon, Pink, Canned
Salmon, Pink, Canned (K)


Bakery Mix, Lowfat
Cereal, Wheat Farina, Enriched
Crackers, Unsalted
Flour, All Purpose, Enriched, Bleached
Flour, White Whole Wheat (WG)
Grits, Corn, White
Grits, Corn, Yellow
Oats, Rolled, Quick Cooking (WG)
Pasta, Egg Noodles
Pasta, Macaroni, Enriched
Pasta, Macaroni, (WG)
Pasta, Macaroni and Cheese
Pasta, Rotini, (WG)
Pasta, Spaghetti, Enriched
Pasta, Spaghetti, (WG)
Rice, Brown, Long-Grain, Parboiled (WG)
Rice, Medium Grain
Rice, Long Grain
Tortillas, Whole Grain, Frozen (WG)


Oil, Vegetable


Soup, Cream of Chicken, Condensed, Reduced Sodium
Soup, Cream of Mushroom, Condensed, Reduced Sodium

H—Halal Certification Required.
K—Kosher Certification Required.
IQF—Individually Quick Frozen.
UHT—Ultra-High Temperature Pasteurization.
LFTB OTP—Lean Finely Textured Beef Optional.
WG—Whole Grain.

Page updated: October 31, 2023