Hunger Glossary

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to states. States provide the food to the local agencies they have selected, usually food banks, which, in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public. Each state sets criteria for determining what households are eligible to receive food for home consumption. Income standards may, at the state’s discretion, be met through participation in other existing federal, state or local food, health or welfare programs for which eligibility is based on income.

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