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TEFAP Reach and Resiliency: Round One Projects

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FNS awarded $39,419,932 in round one TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grants to 38 TEFAP state agencies highlighted in orange on the map below. Please click on a highlighted state for a description of their project:

Alabama $794,405

The Alabama State Department of Education will be partnering with the Alabama Food Bank Association (ALFBA) on its Reach and Resiliency project. ALFBA will serve as the project manager for the grant and oversee four sub-grants to TEFAP eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) within the state: the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Food Bank of North Alabama, and Montgomery Area Food Bank. Each food bank’s project is uniquely tailored to the needs of the food bank’s service area. Project activities include but are not limited to establishing new food pantries in rural and underserved areas; expanding existing ERA capacity in underserved areas; increasing training opportunities, staffing, equipment and technology purchases for food banks and partner agencies in targeted areas; and expanding TEFAP client-based supports (such as educational materials, cooking classes, recipe cards, surveys, and marketing efforts) that are intended to increase client understanding of the program and promote TEFAP to eligible populations who may not be currently accessing the program. Return to map

Alaska $334,148

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is planning to sub-grant all Reach and Resiliency grant funds to two food banks within the state. The Food Bank of Alaska will use funds to support distribution of foods to six rural communities where there are no TEFAP sites currently, and will also help partner agencies build capacity through the purchase of shelving, coolers, and freezers. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will use project funds to expand food pantry access in the Homer, Anchor Point, and Nikiski communities. Program participants in the Anchor Point/Ninilchik area currently have to travel long distances to Homer to receive TEFAP foods due to the recent shuttering of the Anchor Point food pantry, and project funds aim to make the program easier to access for these participants. Return to map

Arizona $1,052,462

The Arizona Department of Economic Security will work closely with two of its four regional food banks (St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and United Food Bank) to expand the reach of TEFAP into tribal areas. St. Mary's Food Bank will apply grant funds to establishing and improving food pantries and direct client service centers on tribal lands, expanding mobile pantries and home deliveries in tribal communities, and equipping warehouses that will make deliveries to tribal areas within its service area. United Food Bank will focus more on assessing need in its service area. Project funds provided to United Food Bank will be used to complete a market and infrastructure analysis of tribal food needs, to initiate a Native American collaborative working group (with participation from food bank staff, tribal leadership, and distribution partner staff), and to create a strategic action plan that is driven by tribally identified needs and that will address any barriers identified in the planned analysis. Return to map

Arkansas $592,370

The Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education - Commodity Distribution Unit will be partnering with several food banks on its Reach and Resiliency project: Arkansas Food Bank, Arkansas River Valley Area Council, Community Services Office, Inc., Crawford-Sebastian County Development Council, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, and Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. Individual Reach and Resiliency projects are planned for each of these food banks to address underserved areas within their respective service areas, and include activities such as outreach to underserved areas/populations, purchase of warehouse supplies and equipment, renovations to partner facilities and sites, and supporting the transportation of foods to underserved communities. The state agency estimates that they will be able to serve up to 15% more TEFAP clients as a result of the Reach and Resiliency grant activities. Return to map

California $5,000,000

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will be working with 19 different eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) on its Reach and Resiliency grant projects. ERA projects vary significantly by site but include hiring personnel to conduct assessments of underserved areas, purchasing equipment and/or supplies to better serve under reached populations, and expanding program outreach efforts in remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income areas that are underserved by current program operations. Return to map

Colorado $844,261

The Colorado Department of Human Services – Food Distribution Programs will partner with the Food Bank of the Rockies and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado to expand TEFAP’s reach into nine Colorado counties that have been identified by the state agency as being underserved by TEFAP. Consultants will be hired to conduct needs assessments and community asset mapping in each county to further the state's understanding of unmet needs. Depending on the findings of these assessments, new distribution sites will be added, existing sites will be bolstered, and/or mobile pantries will be established using Reach and Resiliency project funds. Some pre-identified needs in each county will be addressed with project funds as well. Return to map

Florida $2,549,198

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will use Reach and Resiliency grant funds to implement two separate sub-grant programs for local agencies within the state. The first opportunity will be noncompetitive in nature and available to current TEFAP food banks within the state that are serving remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income areas. These sub-grants will focus on meeting the existing infrastructure needs of these organizations and on improving their capacity to procure, receive, store, distribute, track, and deliver time-sensitive or perishable food products. The second sub-grant opportunity will be more competitive in nature and be made available to any organization in the state interested in implementing, improving, or expanding their food distribution program in a remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income area. Priority for this second program will be given to those that do not already receive TEFAP food or administrative funding so as to allow the state agency to expand TEFAP’s reach by creating a collective of future partner TEFAP organizations in areas that are presently underserved by the program. Return to map

Hawaii $417,128

The Office of Community Services’ (OCS) TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant project will work with three food banks on various projects to reach underserved populations in the state of Hawaii (The Hawaii Food Bank, Maui Food Bank, and The Food Basket). Projects will focus on improving efficiency at warehouses, increasing delivery capacity, improving outreach to underserved populations, translating materials into other materials to meet the needs of clients with limited English proficiency, and improving inventory systems. The Hawaii Food Bank will also use grant funds to hire a GIS specialist to analyze food insecurity data so as to better target underserved areas. The project will collectively reach eligible TEFAP participants on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Hawaii. Return to map

Idaho $391,450

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s (IDHW) Reach and Resiliency project has four objectives: (1) Strengthening relationships between the state agency and tribes located within the state/expanding TEFAP reach in tribal communities; (2) Conducting a statewide assessment of current TEFAP reach; (3) Expanding TEFAP reach into remote, rural, and low-income areas; and (4) Providing financial support for identified infrastructure needs at both new and existing TEFAP sites. The state agency's preliminary assessment identified a service gap in the Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Shoshone Paiute, and Shoshone Bannock communities, where currently there is only one TEFAP pantry located within tribal boundaries and no pantries located within the tribal seats of each territory. The state agency has also identified a few other rural and remote areas that are currently lacking in TEFAP resources; and a significant portion of project funds will be expended on equipping distribution sites in these areas. Return to map

Illinois $1,584,040

The Illinois Department of Human Services will use TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds to support the establishment of additional food pantries or additional distribution sites in underserved areas; to increase capacity at existing pantries that serve specific underserved populations; and to initiate, enhance, and expand mobile pantry operations in remote and rural area. The state agency will partner with eight food banks in the state to carry out project activities, each of which will be responsible for oversight of activities within their service area. Return to map

Indiana $890,373

The Indiana Department of Health will partner with five regional food banks (Gleaners Food Bank, Second Harvest East Central Food Bank, Foodbank of Northwest Indiana, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and Community Harvest Food Bank) on its Reach and Resiliency project. Project activities will focus on increasing the frequency and availability of mobile pantries in rural, remote, and low-income areas, bolstering frozen and refrigerated storage capacity and distribution equipment at eligible recipient agencies in targeted areas across the state, delivering TEFAP foods to vulnerable senior populations in Lake and Porter counties, and hosting a TEFAP food locker distribution program in Lake County. Each food bank will oversee a portion of these activities. Return to map

Iowa $505,763

For its TEFAP Reach and Resiliency project, the Iowa Department of Human Services plans to contract with six food banks in the state that serve TEFAP to eligible Iowans within a distinct service area. These food banks include the Food Bank for the Heartland, Siouxland Food Bank, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, River Bend Food Bank, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, and Food Bank of Iowa. Grant funds will be applied to increasing TEFAP reach in underserved communities in each of the food bank’s service areas; and project activities vary by food bank. Activities include but are not limited to the purchase of equipment to allow for enhanced delivery options to sub-contracting TEFAP providers, the purchase of a cooler system, funding for assessing the specific needs in a community, and grant opportunities for partnering agencies to purchase additional cold storage. All of these activities are intended to remove barriers to current TEFAP operations in underserved areas thereby increasing access to the program. Return to map

Kansas $481,005

The Kansas Department for Children and Families will work with the Kansas Food Bank on its Reach and Resiliency project. Grant funds will be used to outfit and equip a building in Garden City, Kansas to serve as a food distribution center that will be able to make direct deliveries to eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) in the Western Kansas area. The project is intended to increase the efficiency of food distribution in remote and rural areas of western Kansas. ERAs in this area are currently required to pick up TEFAP foods from a further away distribution point and many struggle to find and finance refrigerated shipping to do so. The situation has caused some ERAs to drop out of the program; and the state agency is hoping to regain their participation in the program, in addition to onboarding several new ERAs. Return to map

Kentucky $753,550

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture - Foods Distribution Division will use TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant awards to implement a client-based intake system at partner organizations in the God's Pantry Food Bank service area. Implementation of the system is intended to better understand the clients and communities that the food bank serves, and to identify any deficiencies in current program coverage. This service area covers some of the most rural and remote parts of Kentucky and was identified during an initial assessment as an area where TEFAP distributions are less frequent than other areas. Grant project funds will also be applied to sub-grants to eligible recipient agencies in underserved areas across the whole state. Sub-grant funds will be available to repair aging infrastructure, upgrade racking/storage systems, purchase food distribution vehicles, fund new hires, and purchase mobile pantry equipment necessary for expanding reach. Return to map

Louisiana $930,984

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will work with five regional food banks on its Reach and Resiliency grant project and focus on expanding partner capacity (e.g., storage capacity) and increasing mobile distributions in 13 parishes in the state that have been identified as underserved areas. Some project funds will also be applied to an assessment that will help the state agency to further assess where TEFAP resources are most needed. The project includes a strong focus on expanding TEFAP access in rural areas, as most of the state is considered to be rural. Return to map

Maine $262,487

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) will work with the Good Shepherd Food Bank (GSFB) and Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness (WPHW) on two distinct TEFAP Reach and Resiliency projects. The first project, administered in collaboration with GSFB, will focus on increasing the capacity of two food pantries in eastern Maine that serve multiple remote, rural, and low-income communities. Grant funds will be applied to supplies and equipment upgrades that will improve storage capacity and public access at the pantries. The second project, administered in collaboration with WPHW, will focus on convening a tribal food sovereignty planning committee. The committee will focus on food security in the Wabanaki communities and is intended to foster improved collaboration between the DACF TEFAP program and the five tribal food pantries in Maine. DACF hopes to use the opportunity to learn more about the needs of the tribal communities in order to better serve them through TEFAP. Return to map

Massachusetts $942,290

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will apply TEFAP Reach and Resiliency funds to (1) supporting an ongoing study run by the Greater Boston Food Bank, Gaps in Food Access, which is assessing gaps in food access across the state; (2) implementing a shared client data collection platform (Service Insights) at TEFAP partner agencies in Eastern Massachusetts that will give more insight into populations served and underserved by TEFAP; (3) providing capacity building sub-grants to TEFAP partner agencies in Hampden County, which tend to be lower-resourced than other agencies in the state despite the fact that they serve an extremely diverse population with high rates of poverty; (4) supporting an expansion of the Brown Bag: Food for Elders program into underserved areas of Western Massachusetts in collaboration with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; and (5) translating TEFAP materials into other materials to address language barriers to program access. This last activity will benefit all partners distributing TEFAP products across the state and is a recommended solution to language barriers identified in the first report of the ongoing gaps in food access research study. Return to map

Michigan $1,269,076

The Michigan Department of Education will focus on expanding the reach of TEFAP in underserved areas of the state by expanding home delivery services across the entire state; by establishing new distribution sites in tribal areas; by increasing mobile pantry access in remote areas of the Upper Peninsula; and by piloting a food locker program in rural areas. Food lockers are a bay of lockers, with temperature controls, that can be accessed by participants at any time of day, allowing people to receive food assistance without waiting in line or making an appointment. To implement each part of its Reach and Resiliency project, the state agency will work in collaboration with 29 community action agency partners and the Michigan Food Bank Council (which includes seven food banks) to implement the project. Return to map

Mississippi $681,340

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) will utilize TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds to conduct a comprehensive assessment of food insecurity rates and barriers to food security in each county in Mississippi, with a particular emphasis on remote, rural, tribal and low-income areas. The study will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies and the State Data Center of Mississippi; and results of the study will be used to identify eligible recipient agencies for a sub-grant program that will focus on TEFAP equipment and infrastructure upgrades in underserved areas. MDHS anticipates awarding approximately 40 sub-grants through the program. Grant funds will also be applied to an additional three sub-grants to eligible recipient agencies (Mississippi Food Network, Mid-South Food Bank, and Catholic Social and Community Services) which will work to expand mobile food pantry services to underserved populations in their respective service areas. Return to map

Montana $342,832

The State of Montana, Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will partner with the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) on its Reach and Resiliency project. As Montana’s only statewide food bank, the MFBN has a broad network of 166 partner agencies across the state working to end hunger. Project activities include the development of a comprehensive survey that will be disseminated to each of these partner agencies, and which will allow each to identify and describe any infrastructure and equipment needs necessary for expanding TEFAP reach into underserved areas. DPHHS and MFBN will use the survey results to identify the greatest needs in the state which they will address with Reach and Resiliency project funds. The state agency is expecting partner agency projects to include activities such as the installation of freezing and cooling units and renovations to food distribution facilities. Return to map

Nebraska $393,303

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, food distribution program, will use Reach and Resiliency grant funds to pay for a contracted analysis of barriers to TEFAP food distributions in underserved communities within the state. The food distribution program also plans to use project funds to expand food delivery options for eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) in the Food Bank for the Heartland service area and the Food Bank of Lincoln service area, moving both organizations to a model that allows ERA partners to select a specific day or days of the week that they will receive deliveries of food, and that will increase the frequency of distributions to underserved sites. Lastly, project funds will be applied to several capacity building projects for partner agencies in underserved communities. Recipients of capacity building project funds will be identified during the assessment phase of the project. Return to map

Nevada $652,983

The Nevada Department of Agriculture’s TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant project will focus on expanding reach into rural and tribal areas and be implemented in two distinct phases. A first phase of the project will include an analysis of current TEFAP reach to identify communities underserved by the program and to generate a report of recommendations. The second phase of the project will focus on implementation of the recommendations in collaboration with TEFAP partners. Although specific recommendations are not yet known, the state agency anticipates that funds will be applied to equipment, materials, and technology purchases necessary to receive and distribute more TEFAP foods so as to reach a greater number of eligible persons in underserved areas. Projects may also include implementation or expansion of mobile distributions or drive-through models of food distributions. Return to map

New Jersey $1,146,376

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture will implement its TEFAP Reach and Resiliency project in partnership with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). Project plans include a variety of activities intended to increase TEFAP access in low-income black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities that are experiencing higher rates of food insecurity relative to other racial groups. Activities include the translation of TEFAP materials into five different languages (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Mandarin and Hindi); training for TEFAP partners on cultural competency, community engagement, and racial equity; information technology upgrades intended to streamline client intake processes and to better understand populations served; and critical investments in cold storage capacity in underserved areas. Return to map

New Mexico $558,080

The New Mexico Human Services Department will utilize Reach and Resiliency grant project funds to establish new TEFAP sites in remote and rural tribal communities that are currently underserved by the program. The state agency will collaborate with four regional TEFAP partners (Roadrunner Food Bank, The Food Depot, The Community Pantry, and ECHO Inc.) to conduct project activities which will focus on 36 tribal communities that do not currently receive TEFAP foods. The overarching goal of the project is to establish a sustainable mobile pantry or onsite pantry in each of these communities. Return to map

New York $2,725,338

The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) will sub-grant the majority of its TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds to eight partner food banks, which will each implement a project aimed at addressing logistical and stigmatic barriers that are preventing remote, rural, tribal and/or low-income populations from easily accessing TEFAP foods. Sub-grant project activities include but are not limited to: establishing or increasing the use of mobile and pop-up food pantries in targeted areas; purchasing refrigerated trucks and equipment necessary to reach new or underserved populations; fortifying relationships that will enable regular delivery of TEFAP foods to tribal areas; and implementing diversity and inclusion training for TEFAP agencies that serve diverse populations. Return to map

North Carolina $1,428,919

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will partner with six North Carolina food banks and Feeding the Carolinas to expand access to TEFAP in 30 high-need, rural counties across the state. The 30 counties identified as target areas for the grant were selected based on an assessment of food insecurity rates and the current number of meals provided per person in need within all North Carolina counties identified as “non-metro areas.” Using Reach and Resiliency project funds, food banks will leverage their existing networks within the target counties to fund equipment and infrastructure upgrades necessary for reaching underserved populations. Food banks will also work to develop new partners or distribution sites as needed to distribute TEFAP foods in underserved areas. Equipment and infrastructure upgrades will be dependent on specific needs but expected to include the purchase of items such as commercial refrigerators and freezers, coolers, thermal blankets, scales, pallet jacks, and food delivery vehicles. Return to map

North Dakota $315,457

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will partner with the Great Plains Food Bank (GPFB) to implement its TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant project. The project will focus on four main activities. The first two activities will involve assessments - one to identify internal food distribution inefficiencies and another to identify underserved communities in which TEFAP should be expanded. The second two activities will focus on implementing any findings of the assessments. GPFB will also utilize project funds to move forward with several pre-identified projects, including adding a warehouse dock, implementing crucial eligible recipient agency training, and setting up a school pantry. Return to map

Oklahoma $660,980

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Reach and Resiliency project will focus on purchasing distribution equipment and securing staff for three new food distribution warehouses within the northwest, south central, and southwest part of the state. These food warehouses will serve as central food distribution points – or “hubs” - and are intended to increase efficiency and frequency of deliveries to remote, rural, and tribal areas, in addition to increasing the amount of fresh items provided to those areas. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and is expected to increase TEFAP service in at least 53 rural counties and 16 tribal communities. Return to map

Oregon $656,896

The Oregon Department of Human Services will be partnering with the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) on its Reach and Resiliency grant project. OFB manages five food bank branches and 15 independently-run TEFAP distribution sites that serve every county in Oregon, and will provide oversight of Reach and Resiliency activities planned for each of the five food bank branches. These food banks include Columbia Gorge Food Bank, Southeast Oregon Services, NeighborImpact, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, and Josephine County Food Bank. Specific project activities vary by food bank but include adding new TEFAP distribution partners, expanding storage capacity in rural areas, and funding equipment upgrades at warehouses that reach underserved communities. Project funds will also be utilized to implement the Link2Feed database system that is used to track TEFAP client information and is intended to help the state agency to better understand populations served by the program. Return to map

Pennsylvania $1,659,389

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will utilize TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds to implement a competitive sub-grant program for qualified TEFAP ERAs across the state. An analysis of available data shows that there are remote, rural, and/or low-income areas in all or part of each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties that could benefit from the grant funds.  Thus, the competitive sub-grant process will allow PDA to both gather additional information about specific areas of unmet need in these counties, and to direct funding to areas that have demonstrated both the need and the ability to use grant funds. Sub-grant projects are expected to involve supporting the onboarding costs of new food pantries as well as the expansion costs of existing food pantries. Return to map

South Carolina $820,781

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Reach and Resiliency project will focus on expanding refrigeration and freezing capacity at food bank partner agencies in 24 counties across the state that have been identified as remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income. Equipment upgrades are intended to increase the distribution of TEFAP produce, meat, dairy, and frozen items to individuals in the target counties; as fresh items are often the most needed for a nutritionally balanced diet but also the most challenging items to distribute. The state will partner with four food banks (Golden Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Lowcountry Food Bank, and Second Harvest Food Bank) on the project. Each food bank will be in charge of managing the sub-grant awards that are given to partner agencies in their respective jurisdictions. Return to map

Tennessee $1,008,759

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will partner with five TEFAP food banks on its Reach and Resiliency project. Each food bank will manage a sub-grant intended to expand TEFAP reach in underserved, rural areas, with different strategies employed by each food bank. Chattanooga Area Food Bank and Mid-South Food Bank will focus on expansion of mobile pantries; Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee will focus on purchasing equipment and providing renovation support to local distribution agencies; Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will increase TEFAP distributions and establish new distribution sites in underserved areas; and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee will conduct a needs assessment to better understand current reach in addition to making cooling and freezing upgrades at several distribution agencies. Return to map

Texas $3,759,351

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will utilize Reach and Resiliency grant funds to fund state distributing agency (SDA) and eligible recipient agency (ERA) projects that will expand the reach of TEFAP within specific rural and low-income areas of the state. State-level projects include an outreach initiative to increase awareness of TEFAP in rural/remote areas (by promoting TEFAP meals at summer meal sites, WIC clinics, rural housing sites, and in SNAP newsletters/social media), and the development of training resources to increase ERA understanding of program operations. ERA-level projects include a competitive sub-grant award program for ERAs in underserved areas. TDA will work closely with the state’s network of 17 food banks to implement the sub-grant program. Return to map

Vermont $294,490

The Vermont Agency of Education will utilize grant funds to bolster the Vermont Food Bank distribution network. Vermont is considered to be a predominantly rural state, and grant funds will be used to ensure that necessary food deliveries are made to remote and rural TEFAP clients. The Vermont Foodbank will also use grant funds to increase the number of network partner agency food shelves and meal sites to which TEFAP programming is made available from 215 to 225 agencies. Return to map

Virginia $627,837

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will partner with the Federation of Virginia Foodbanks on its TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant project. The Federation of Virginia Food Banks supports seven regional food banks in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area. Reach and Resiliency project activities include a contracted analysis of current TEFAP coverage within the Commonwealth and the funding of three sub-grant projects that will be administered at the food bank level by FeedMore/Central Virginia Food Bank, Feeding Southwest Virginia, and Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. Projects will vary by food bank but include supporting mobile distributions, bolstering delivery of TEFAP foods, and expanding cooling/freezing capacity in remote and rural areas. Return to map

Washington $917,968

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s food assistance programs will partner with nine TEFAP eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) on its Reach and Resiliency project.  These ERAs have been identified as meeting certain risk factors related to being underserved by the program. Activities will vary by ERA but include creating or expanding mobile food pantry distributions, increasing service through food pantries, and establishing community access points in remote, rural, and tribal communities. These activities will be accomplished by supporting capacity development, purchasing equipment, increasing outreach, bolstering staffing, and leveraging partnerships. The project intendeds to expand TEFAP reach in 53 sites, 28 of which would be considered new sites. Return to map

West Virginia $468,829

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will sub-grant the majority of its TEFAP Reach and Resiliency grant funds to two food banks in the state (Facing Hunger Food Bank and Mountaineer Food Bank), which will each conduct assessments of their respective TEFAP service areas to better understand gaps in current program coverage. Some funds provided to each food bank will also be applied toward implementing findings from these assessments, in addition to implementing activities that have already been identified as necessary for expanding TEFAP’s reach into remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income areas of the state. These pre-defined activities include but are not limited to increasing mobile distributions of TEFAP foods, cooler/freezer upgrades in targeted areas, the development of an app for TEFAP client registration, and the development of training modules for eligible recipient agencies that participate in the program. Return to map

Wisconsin $705,034

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) plans to utilize Reach and Resiliency grant funds: (1) to complete a detailed assessment of TEFAP reach that will identify remote, rural, tribal, and low-income areas underserved by the program, (2) to build training and technical assistance capacity of statewide partners to conduct outreach to and to qualify new TEFAP outlets, and (3) to provide technical and infrastructure assistance to at least 20 emergency food providers that will serve as new TEFAP outlets in remote, rural, tribal, and/or low-income areas. The state agency will provide sub-grants to the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association and the Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension to complete specific parts of the project plan. Return to map

06/01/2022