Public or private nonprofit organizations that provide nutrition assistance to low-income Americans, either by distributing food for home use or preparing meals to be served in a congregate setting, may receive food through TEFAP. They must also meet the following criteria:
Households that meet state eligibility criteria may receive TEFAP food for home use. States set income standards, which may, at the state's discretion, be met through participation in other Federal, state, or local food, health, or welfare programs for which eligibility is based on income. States can adjust eligibility criteria to ensure that assistance is provided only to those households most in need.
Recipients of prepared meals are considered to be low-income and are not subject to a means test.
Contact your State Distributing Agency for more information about TEFAP.
For more information, visit Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) TEFAP homepage. or email USDAFoods@fns.usda.gov.
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