Pallets of USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) commodities wait on the Houston Food Bank commodity warehouse shelves for movement to packing lines or delivery to food pantries; pallets in the aisles are loaded with disaster assistance packages (those with orange wrapping have USDA Foods in them), and are ready for delivery or distribution to those in need, in Houston, TX, on September 22, 2017.
Houston Food Bank Operations Associate Director Marly Maskill provided the following information; in general, the food bank usually receives approximately 10 trucks per day and distributes approximately 230,000 meals per day; in response to Hurricane Harvey, the food bank has been receiving approximately 30 trucks per day and distributing approximately 500,000 meals per day.
Maskill continues, “FY17 we received over 23.7M lbs of USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) commodities. Their products are mostly shelf stable commodity items, but also frozen meat, produce, eggs & cheese. We distribute this product to our agencies directly & in our backpacks & share your holiday boxes. In response to Harvey, the USDA allowed us to use the TEFAP product we already had in inventory to support disaster relief. Any client who is not on disaster SNAP is eligible to receive this product. The USDA has been actively communicating & working with us to make sure our needs have been met. They've also committed to replenishing the product that is distributed for disaster response so our clients who generally receive this product don't have to go without.”
USDA Foods include The FNS Food Distribution Programs' mission is to strengthen the Nation's nutrition safety net by providing food and nutrition assistance to school children and families and emergency food assistance programs; and support American agriculture by distributing high quality, 100% American-grown USDA Foods.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of