The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Last updated 10/02/17

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program that helps to supplement the diets of low-income individuals or households, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. USDA TEFAP grants are based on formula and provide USDA-donated food and administrative funds to States. States work with Eligible Recipient Agencies (ERAs), including Emergency Feeding Organizations (EFOs), to distribute USDA-donated foods to (1) qualified households and (2) nonprofit organizations that prepare meals for low-income persons.

In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016, Hawaii received $170,318 in administrative funds and $1,715,844.60 in USDA-donated TEFAP food. Food and funds are allocated to our EFO partners based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for Hawaii: 59% is allocated to the City and County of Honolulu, 23% to Hawaii County, 12% to Maui County, and 6% to Kauai County. TEFAP provides a wide range of foods, from chicken and beans to pears, cranberry juice and rice.

Partial funding has been provided for FFY 2017. USDA estimates that Hawaii will be provided at least $876,913 in foods in FFY 2017.  Below is the projected distribution and administrative funding for FFY 2017:

County % for Food Distribution Administrative Funding
City & County of Honolulu 59% $41,174.18
Kauai County 5% $3,489.34
Maui County 12% 8374.41
Hawaii County 24% $16,748.82
TOTAL 100% $69,786.75

In order to manage this program, the Office of Community Services (OCS) submits a TEFAP Distribution Plan for USDA approval (12/2014 Distribution Plan). This Distribution Plan specifies program details,including the following:

  • For an individual or household to be eligible for TEFAP commodities in the State of Hawaii, they must have a total gross income no greater than 185% of the amount specified in the Federal Poverty Eligibility Guidelines.  The Federal Poverty Eligibility Guidelines are updated annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and can be found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty.
  • Applicants must document their eligibility by filling out and signing a certification of self-declaration of income.

For more information about how to access TEFAP foods, contact our four (4) EFOs participating in TEFAP in Hawaii:

  • City and County of Honolulu: Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.
    2611 Kilihau Street | Honolulu, Hawaii  96819-2021 | Telephone: (808) 836-3600
  • Maui County: Maui Food Bank, Inc.
    Contact:  Lynn Curtis | lynnc@mauifoodbank.org  | Telephone: (808) 243-9500 | 760 Kolu Street | Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
  • Kauai County: Hawaii Foodbank-Kauai Branch
    4241 A Hanahao Place | Lihue, Hawaii  96766 | Telephone: (808) 246-3809
  • Hawaii County: The Food Basket, Inc.
    Contact:  Claudia Wilcox-Boucher | claudia@hawaiifoodbasket.org | Telephone: (808) 933-6030| 140-B Holomua Street | Hilo, Hawaii, 96720

Service Provider Partners (EFOs and ERAs)Click here for forms and documents related to the program.

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