TEFAP Income Base Standards
What is TEFAP?
TEFAP is an abbreviation for The Emergency Food Assistance Program which was created in 1981 as the Temporary Food Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to help reduce the inventory of surplus food through distribution to low-income households.
A household may meet TEFAP income-based standards in either of the following two ways:
1. Participate in one of these Public Assistance (PA) programs.
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFPP
- SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)
- Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Old Age Pension (OAP)
- Aid to Needy Disabled (AND)
- Aid to the Blind (AB)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Medicaid Eligible Foster Children
2. If the household does not participate in any of the above Public Assistance programs, the household must have a combined gross income that does not exceed the maximum income limit for the applicable household size. (AI)
2022 Income Eligibility Guuidlines
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: The images above are not exact items that we have available through TEFAP. Some items may be available, some items may not. There is and will be a wide array of products that we offer through TEFAP.
TEFAP is a Supplemental Nutrition Program
- TEFAP is designed to help supplement the food needs of low-income households.
- TEFAP is not intended to be a household's primary source of food.
What TEFAP Foods are Available?
- Canned, Frozen, Fresh and Dried Fruit
- Canned and Frozen Vegetables
- Fruit and Vegetable Juice
- Meat, Poultry and Fish
- Dried Beans, Peas, Lentils
- Pasta Products
- UHT and Fresh Milk and Cheese
- Rice and Cereal
- Frozen, Dried and Fresh Eggs