The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program that helps to supplement the diets of low-income individuals or households, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. USDA TEFAP grants are based on formula and provide USDA-donated food and administrative funds to States. States work with Eligible Recipient Agencies (ERAs), including Emergency Feeding Organizations (EFOs), to distribute USDA-donated foods to (1) qualified households and (2) nonprofit organizations that prepare meals for low-income persons.
In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017, Hawaii received $179,554.01 in administrative funds and $1,852,909.87 in USDA-donated TEFAP food. Food and funds are allocated to our EFO partners based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for Hawaii: 59% is allocated to the City and County of Honolulu, 23% to Hawaii County, 12% to Maui County, and 6% to Kauai County. TEFAP provides a wide range of foods, from chicken and beans to pears, cranberry juice and rice.
Partial funding has been provided for FFY 2018. USDA estimates that Hawaii will be provided at least $876,913 in foods in FFY 2017. Below is the partial distribution and administrative funding for FFY 2018:
In order to manage this program, the Office of Community Services (OCS) submits a TEFAP Distribution Plan for USDA approval (10/2017 Distribution Plan). This Distribution Plan specifies program details,including the following:
For more information about how to access TEFAP foods, contact our four (4) EFOs participating in TEFAP in Hawaii:
Service Provider Partners (EFOs and ERAs) – Click here for forms and documents related to the program.
For more information about TEFAP, please visit the State of Hawaii - Department of Office of Community Services website.
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