TEFAP Information


TEFAP or The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of people experiencing hunger by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance. Through TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA foods, and makes those foods available to the states. As part of the Farm Bill, this program purchases this food from distressed farmers and other suppliers which means that USDA supports local economies in times of hardship. Find out more about the Farm Bill click here.

Questions about TEFAP? Contact our Programs and Agency Relations team at agencyrelations@fightinghunger.org or phone (850) 562-3033, extension 214.

In Florida, TEFAP is administered by the Florida Department of Consumer Affairs. The state program manual is here.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistant program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992, or (202) 690-7442 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, (800) 845-6136; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.