TEFAP provides food assistance to needy Americans through the distribution of USDA commodities. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to states for distribution to households for use in preparing meals for home consumption, or to organizations that prepare and provide meals for needy people. Foods are distributed free, but recipients of food for home use must meet program eligibility criteria set by the states.

TEFAP is administered at the Federal level by the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, formerly known as the Food and Consumer Service. State agencies receive the food and supervise overall distribution, but local agencies - usually food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens - are designated by the states to distribute the food.

TEFAP provides food regularly for needy households, and is a separate program from USDA's disaster assistance commodity food program, which provides food for mass feeding and household use of victims of natural disasters.


Files and Links

USDA - Foods Complaint Form

Request for Reimbursement

FNS-57 OS&D Form

TEFAP Policy Bulletins

Utah Food Bank

Utahns Against Hunger

USDA - Foods Fact Sheets and Recipes for TEFAP

USDA - Foods Alert System

Best If Used By Guidance

TEFAP Civil Rights Training Video

Civil Rights Poster


American Commodity Distribution Association