The NJDA manages the ordering and shipment of TEFAP commodities from USDA vendors to six state-contracted Emergency Feeding Organizations (EFOs), with two branch locations, designated to coordinate the program regionally throughout New Jersey. EFOs, in conjunction with the NJDA, have developed a network of local distribution agencies (LDAs) responsible for the actual distribution of these foods to needy persons. TEFAP foods are allocated to EFOs in direct proportion to the number of recipients the EFO serves through its LDAs.
An LDA can be an emergency food pantry, a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a needy feeding agency. Currently over 700 LDAs receive commodities. All LDAs must be public or private non-profit organizations, and meet specific requirements. TEFAP commodities support the efforts of local food pantries to provide nutritious food for households in need, and also augment meal preparation at shelters and soup kitchens.
To be eligible to receive commodities from an LDA, an individual or family must participate in one of these qualifier programs:
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
The Food Stamp Program (FSP)
Supplement Security Income (SSI)
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Or, have total household income less than 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.
TEFAP commodities constitute an ongoing source of high quality, nutritious food for New Jersey’s emergency feeding network. Through its Food Distribution Bureau, the NJDA’s Division of Food and Nutrition strives to accept and distribute the maximum volume of USDA donated commodities to as many eligible recipients agencies possible, while insuring viable outlets for national support program food supplies. The NJDA is aided in its TEFAP effort by many volunteers and agencies that distribute TEFAP foods.
A complete TEFAP Program Manual is available on request. For additional program information, call or write your request to:
NJ Department of Agriculture
Division of Food and Nutrition
Bureau of Food Distribution
PO Box 334
Trenton, NJ 08625