Tom Wolf, GovernorRussell Redding, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP was first authorized as the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program in 1981 to distribute surplus commodities to households. The name was changed to The Emergency Food Assistance Program under the 1990 farm bill. The program was designed to help reduce federal food inventories and storage costs while assisting the needy. Stock of some foods held in surplus had been depleted by 1988. Therefore, the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988 authorized funds to be appropriated for the purchase of commodities specifically for TEFAP. 

The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, makes commodity foods available to State Distributing Agencies. States provide the food to local agencies that directly serve the public. The local organizations distribute the food to eligible recipients for household consumption, or use them to prepare and serve meals in a congregate setting. Recipients of food for home use must meet income and household eligibility criteria seen below.

Eligibility Requirements:

Total Household Income
Effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015

Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
Household of 1 $17,505 $1,459 $337
Household of 2 $23,595 $1,966 $454
Household of 3 $29,685 $2,474 $571
Household of 4 $35,775 $2,981 $688
Household of 5 $41,685 $3,489 $805
Household of 6 $47,955 $3,996 $922
Household of 7 $54,045  $4,504 $1,039
Household of 8 $60,135 $5,011 $1,156

For each additional family member

                                       add: $6,090 $508 $117


Melissa A. Seiple
TEFAP and CSFP Administrator
(717) 772-2695

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