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) 2024. 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.
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 $471.4 million in surplus foods acquired in FY 2023 are being delivered to states in FY 2024. Surplus foods currently scheduled for delivery include almonds, apples, applesauce, apricots, beans, blueberries, cherries, dates, fish, grapefruit, lamb, lentils, peaches, pistachios, plums, pork, raisins, shrimp, strawberries, and walnuts. Other surplus foods may be made available to TEFAP throughout the year. USDA would like to point out that food acquisitions are based on changing agricultural market conditions; therefore, the availability of foods is subject to change.
In accordance with section 27 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 USC 2036, the Secretary is directed to purchase an estimated $463.75 million worth of foods in FY 2024 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.