The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Overhead view of canned food and grains

Distributing food to local food banks.

Food made available to supplement the diets of low-income Mississippians at no cost.

What We Do

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost.

Through TEFAP, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to State Distributing Agencies, including the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

MDHS provides the food to local agencies like food banks, which in turn distribute the food to local organizations, such as soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.

In Mississippi, MDHS partners with the following organizations to distribute food through TEFAP:


Contact the food bank in your area for help finding a food pantry near you.

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