The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP- is a federally supported program that provides USDA foods to local voluntary feeding programs across Maine. There are over 250 participating programs in the statewide network. The state works with Community Action Programs, various food rescue organizations, and Good Shepherd Food-Bank to coordinate distributions to pantries and community kitchens. TEFAP not only acquires, stores, and distributes USDA foods; it also provides an outlet for various products donated for distribution to Mainers less fortunate.

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The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and The Emergency Food Assistance Program is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement.

Hunger is a byproduct of poverty. Poverty is not just a problem for the people who experience it; it is a problem for everyone. Those in poverty are often isolated from community life, are unable to participate fully in the economy, and cannot support local businesses.

  • The poverty rate in Maine has hovered over the last 3 years at 12.6%, slightly lower than the national rate of 13.1%.

Food Security measures a household’s ability to meet basic needs, rather than its income. The USDA defines food security as “access by all people at all times to get enough food for an active, healthy life style”.

Food Security in Maine 1996-2010

Courtesy of Maine State Planning Office 2012

1996-1998

2005-2007

2008-2010

Food Security

90.2%

86.7%

84.6%

Low Food Security

5.8%

7.4%

8.6%

Very Low Food Security

4.0%

5.9%

6.8%