The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Eligibility Requirements for Households
Donated foods, including TEFAP foods, are distributed by the local food pantries. To be eligible to receive TEFAP commodities to take home, households must (1) participate in another government program such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP fka Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or (2) meet established income requirements. (“Income” means gross income before any deductions, expenses, etc., and includes, but is not limited to: wages, salaries, Social Security, public assistance or welfare payments, unemployment compensation, pensions, etc.) There is no means test for participation in a soup kitchen as it is presumed that anyone seeking a meal is needy.
To apply for food assistance or determine eligibility to receive TEFAP commodities, contact a food pantry in your community. For assistance locating a food pantry, soup kitchen or other emergency feeding organization in the area, contact the state-contracted Recipient Agency serving the particular county by going to “Locate Food Banks by County for Info on TEFAP Commodities” listed below.