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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income people by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.

Getting Involved

Organizations interested in distributing USDA Foods in their community should contact their state distributing agency to learn how to become a TEFAP local agency.


The following links provide more information about the foods available through TEFAP.

Page updated: July 03, 2023