The Emergency Food Assistance Program [TEFAP] Law and Legal Definition

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to States. USDA buys the food, including processing and packaging, and ships it to the States. The amount received by each State depends on its low-income and unemployed population. State agencies work out details of administration and distribution. They select local organizations that either directly distribute to households or serve meals, or distribute to other local organizations that perform these functions.