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TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grant Initiative

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Overview of Grant Opportunity

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on our nation's food systems and economy, forcing millions of Americans to turn to the emergency food network for aid. Food banks, food pantries, and other community organizations have stepped up to meet the increase in need while simultaneously ensuring staff and recipient health and safety. We applaud them for these efforts, while also recognizing that the pandemic has exposed some inequities within our nation's broader emergency food network – especially in remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income communities.

As the country rebounds from the pandemic, USDA is interested in building back better, so that TEFAP's collective reach spreads to all eligible individuals in need. In accordance with 7 CFR 251.4(k) and the Build Back Better initiative, the key objective of TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grants is to:

Expand TEFAP's reach into remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income areas that are underserved by the program.

TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grants provide state agencies with an opportunity to re-envision how they can work with currently participating organizations and/or new partner organizations to meet this objective.

TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Round One Projects

In June, 2022, FNS awarded $39,419,932 in TEFAP Reach and Resiliency round one grants to 38 TEFAP state agencies.  The 38 projects represent a variety of unique and impactful projects, each tailored to the specific needs of the requesting state.  Notable activities that will take place with TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds include: professional studies and assessments of TEFAP reach, cultural competency training for eligible recipient agency (ERA) staff, expanded mobile distribution infrastructure, critical freezing and cooling investments in rural areas, and targeted outreach activities in tribal areas.  Please see the table below for a summary of award amounts by state.  To learn more about each state agency’s project visit the project description page.

Alabama $794,405
Alaska $334,148
Arizona $1,052,462
Arkansas $592,370
California $5,000,000
Colorado $844,261
Florida $2,549,198
Hawaii $417,128
Idaho $391,450
Illinois $1,584,040
Indiana $890,373
Iowa $505,763
Kansas $481,005
Kentucky $753,550
Louisiana $930,984
Maine $262,487
Massachusetts $942,290
Michigan $1,269,076
Mississippi $681,340
Montana $342,832
Nebraska $393,303
Nevada $652,983
New Jersey $1,146,376
New Mexico $558,080
New York $2,725,338
North Carolina $1,428,919
North Dakota $315,457
Oklahoma $660,980
Oregon $656,896
Pennsylvania $1,659,389
South Carolina $820,781
Tennessee $1,008,759
Texas $3,759,351
Vermont $294,490
Virginia $627,837
Washington $917,968
West Virginia $468,829
Wisconsin $705,034
National Total             $39,419,932

The TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Request for Applications (RFA) for round one Reach and Resiliency funds was open from Dec. 6, 2021, to Feb. 18, 2022, and is now closed. A second Reach and Resiliency grant opportunity will be available at a later date. 

TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Resources

Visit the TEFAP webpage for general funding announcements, policy resources, and more.