The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP- is a Federal program that provides USDA foods to local voluntary feeding programs across Maine. There are over 250 participating programs in the statewide network. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry contracts with various ending hunger organizations for warehousing, freezer space and trucking to coordinate distributions to pantries, shelters and congregate feeding sites statewide. TEFAP not only acquires, stores, and distributes USDA foods; it also provides an outlet for various products donated for distribution to ending hunger organizations.
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.
- 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.”
- The food security rate in Maine is estimated to be at 15.10%, higher than the national average of 14%.
- The poverty rate in Maine is estimated to be at 14%, slightly behind the national average of 14.5% .
For more information on TEFAP, please contact: 207-287-7513.