When serving communities through TEFAP, it is important to consider a participant’s perspective on cultural and religious practices around food. Participants choosing to follow a halal diet may not be able to take all items available through TEFAP.
Halal diets typically do not permit pork products, alcohol and products that contain alcohol, or products containing ingredients that use non-halal animal-derived products. For example, some cheese products use an ingredient called rennet that is derived from an animal, therefore the cheese would not be acceptable to halal-observant communities.
Halal Certified Foods
Some USDA Foods are certified halal, meaning that the product is not only acceptable but has been processed in a facility that maintains the integrity of the halal certification. These items are identified on the TEFAP foods available list with an “(H)” next to the item name.
Non-Certified Acceptable Foods
Other products on the TEFAP foods available list may be acceptable to halal-observant communities without a halal certification, such as fresh produce, certain types of fish, and shell eggs. It is important to work with leaders in your community to identify what non-certified items will be acceptable to your participants, as levels of observance may vary between communities.
Halal Foods in TEFAP
Use the dropdowns below to see items available through TEFAP that may be acceptable to halal-observant communities. The six digit number included with each food is the material code used in Web Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM).
May be Acceptable without Certification Applesauce, Unsweetened, Canned (K) - 100207 Pears, Extra Light Syrup, Canned (K) - 100223 Apples, Braeburn, Fresh - 100523 Apples, Empire, Fresh - 100517 Apples, Fuji, Fresh - 100522 Apples, Gala, Fresh - 100521 Apples, Granny Smith, Fresh - 110543 Apples, Red Delicious, Fresh - 100514 Apples, Fresh - 110561 Oranges, Fresh - 100283 Pears, Bartlett, Fresh - 111424 Pears, Bosc, Fresh - 111423 Pears, D’Anjou, Fresh - 111422 Pears, Fresh - 110560
Halal Certified May be Acceptable without Certification Tomato Sauce, Low Sodium, Canned (K)(H) - 110610 Beans, Green, Low Sodium, Canned (K) - 100306 Corn, Whole Kernel, No Salt Added, Canned (K) - 100311 Mixed Produce Box, Fresh - 111427 Potatoes, Round, Fresh - 101019 Potatoes, Russet, Fresh - 101017 Sweet Potatoes, Fresh - 111058
May be Acceptable without Certification Beans, Garbanzo, Canned (K) - 111060 Beans, Black-eyed Pea, Dry - 100374 Beans, Great Northern, Dry - 100380 Beans, Kidney, Light Red, Dry - 100385 Beans, Lima, Baby, Dry - 100378 Beans, Pinto, Dry - 100382 Lentils, Dry - 100388 Peas, Green Split, Dry - 111055
- Protein Foods
May be Acceptable without Certification Peanut Butter, Smooth (K) - 111170 Salmon, Pink, Canned (K) - 110580 Eggs, Fresh - 100936
May be Acceptable without Certification Flour, All Purpose, Enriched, Bleached - 100400 Flour, White Whole Wheat - 110857 Grits, Corn, White - 111082 Grits, Corn, yellow - 111072 Oats, Rolled, Quick Cooking - 111074 Pasta, macaroni, Enriched - 110511 Pasta, Macaroni, Whole Grain - 101023 Pasta, Rotini, Whole Grain - 110777 Pasta, Spaghetti, Enriched - 110450 Pasta, Spaghetti, Whole Grain - 101035 Rice, Medium Grain - 100487, 100488 Rice, Long Grain - 100491, 100492
May be Acceptable without Certification Oil, Vegetable - 100441
Webinars hosted by FNS regarding Halal foods in TEFAP:
- Supporting Kosher and Halal-Observant Communities Through TEFAP
- Procurement and Storage Strategies for Kosher Observant TEFAP Participants
For specific Halal information the following organizations may be helpful: