The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases USDA Foods, including processing and packaging, and makes it available to State Distributing Agencies. The amount of food each State receives out of the total amount of food provided is based on the number of unemployed persons and the number of people with incomes below the poverty level in the State. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn distribute the food to local organizations, such as soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public. States also provide the food to other types of local organizations, such as community action agencies, which distribute the foods directly to low-income households. These local organizations distribute USDA Foods to eligible recipients for household consumption, or use them to prepare and serve meals in a congregate setting. Under TEFAP, States also receive administrative funds to support the storage and distribution of USDA Foods. These funds must, in part, be passed down to local agencies. TEFAP is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the USDA.
In North Dakota, TEFAP is administered locally by the six regional Community Action Agencies and the Great Plains Food Bank, which arrange for the delivery and distribution of food to more than 100 food pantries across North Dakota. Soup kitchens also receive TEFAP foods



Community Action Partnership
2020 8th Ave SE
Minot ND 58701-5035
Phone: 701-839-7221 Toll Free: 1-800-726-8645 Fax: 701-839-1747 TDD: 701-852-3028
Counties Served
Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Ward

Red River Valley Community Action Agency
1013 N 5th Street
Grand Forks ND 58203
Phone: 701-746-5431 Toll Free: 1-800-450-1823 Fax: 701-746-0406
Counties Served
Nelson, Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks

Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency
3233 South University Drive
Fargo ND 58104-6221
Phone: 701-232-2452 Toll Free: 1-800-726-7960 Fax: 701-298-3115
Counties Served
Cass, Ransom, Sargent, Richland, Steele, Trail

Community Action
PO Box 507
Jamestown ND 58401 or
Phone: 701-252-1821 Toll Free: 1-800-726-8179 TDD: 800-366-6889
Counties Served
Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman, Wells

Great Plains Food Bank
1720 3rd Ave North
Fargo ND 58102
Phone: 701-232-6219 Fax: 701-232-3871
Counties Served
All Counties in ND

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.

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