The Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP

Origin: Title II Needy Family Program under the provision of Public Law 98-92 (Dole Bill).

Patronages: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Distribution operates the program at the State level.

Background: In 1981 TEFAP was initiated to distribute surplus commodities in government storage. Cheese, butter and corn meal were among the first commodities distributed. Currently, TEFAP foods include, but are not limited to, canned fruits, juices, beef and pork, instant milk, dry pasta and baking mix.

TEFAP is funded through the federal government food distribution programs. The Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring food security for all Pennsylvanians.

Purpose: Whenever surplus foods are allocated by the United States Department of Agriculture to Pennsylvania, they are re-allocated to each County Coordinating Agency based on poverty and unemployment levels in their respective areas.

Eligibility: To receive donated foods under the Title II Program, a family must be identified as needy by meeting any one of the following criteria:

  1. Participation in the Department of Public Welfare’s Public Assistance Program (receiving cash assistance)
  2. Participation in the Food Stamp Program
  3. Participation in the Medicaid Program
  4. Participation in the Supplemental Social Security Income Program
  5. Participation based upon total family income for the following persons:
    • Senior citizens age 65 and older
    • Disabled veterans
    • Employed and unemployed individuals

Target Population: Senior Citizens, disabled veterans, the unemployed and others who are in need.

Restrictions: No eligible individual receiving commodities under the program will be required to make payment in money or material or be required to perform any services for commodities received.

Service Providers:

Provider eMail Phone Number
Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging
1 Buena Vista Circle
P.O. Box 750
Lewistown, PA 17044 717-242-0315