The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
We distribute highly nutritious food provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
What is The Emergency Food Assistance Program?
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing nutrition assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the USDA purchases food, and makes it available to state distributing agencies like the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Under TEFAP, states also receive administrative funds to support the storage and distribution of USDA foods. These funds must, in part, be passed down to local agencies.
We are the sole distributor in the 26 county bi-state region.
The St. Louis Area Foodbank is the sole nonprofit distributor of USDA product for both eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
Food is distributed based on unemployment and poverty levels in the state.
The amount of food we receive is based on the number of unemployed persons and the number of people with incomes below the poverty level in the state. We distribute the food provided by the states to local organizations, such as soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.
Income guidelines and residency restrictions apply..