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Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)


EFAP is a state-funded program that supports local food banks and food pantries with funding to help alleviate hunger for lower-income Washingtonians, including the homeless. The funding is flexible and may be used for the purchase of food, operational costs, nutrition education and equipment or repairs.

State law sets a minimum requirement that clients simply declare that they do not have the resources to feed themselves and their families in order to receive EFAP-funded food from a food pantry. Food pantries may have additional requirements such as the client must live in a certain geographic area or they may only access services so many times a year. Providers may not discriminate against any class of people and all eligibility requirements must be in writing.

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Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) Tribal


EFAP Tribal is a state-funded program that supports tribes and tribal organizations operating food banks, food pantries and food voucher programs with funding to help alleviate hunger for lower-income Washingtonians and tribal members, including the homeless. The funding is flexible and may be used for the purchase of food, food vouchers, operational costs, nutrition education and equipment or repairs.

State law sets a minimum requirement that clients simply declare that they do not have the resources to feed themselves and their families in order to receive EFAP Tribal-funded food or food vouchers from a tribe or tribal organization. Tribes may have additional requirements such as the client must live in a certain geographic area or they may only access services so many times a year. Tribes may not discriminate against any class of people, though Indian preference is allowed.

Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP)


Food Assistance is committed to pursuing innovative ways to bring nutritious food to people struggling to put food on the table while also promoting the economic growth and viability of Washington farmers. The Farm to Food Pantry initiative, a partnership with Rotary First Harvest, helps bridge the gap between hunger relief agencies and farmers through relationship building.

WSDA's Farm to Food Pantry initiative utilizes state Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) funds to help hunger relief agencies across the state purchase fresh produce from their local farmers, increasing access to healthier food options for low-income residents of Washington.

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)


TEFAP is a federally-funded (USDA) program that helps supplement the diets of lower-income Washingtonians, including the homeless. Through TEFAP, WSDA provides food and limited operational funding to eligible nonprofit organizations, such as community action councils, food banks, food pantries, meal programs and shelters.

Lower-income individuals and families who earn 185% or less of the federal poverty level and are in need of food are eligible to receive TEFAP food at local hunger relief agencies. Families visiting food banks and food pantries are asked to self-declare their income and do not have to provide proof of income. Individuals going to emergency meal providers are assumed eligible and will not be required to self-declare their income.  In accordance with USDA policy, this institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)


The goal of CSFP is to improve the health of elder people, at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with a monthly nutritious USDA food package and nutrition education resources. The food package provides clients with almost 28 pounds of critically needed food each month,including a variety of fruits, vegetables, healthy juices, dairy, potatoes, cereal, rice, and protein.

In order to be eligible, you must be an older adult, 60 years of age or older, and your monthly income must not exceed 130% of the federal poverty level.  CSFP is not currently available in every county. In accordance with USDA policy, this institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Trade Mitigation Program (TMP)


In August of 2018, the USDA announced the launch of a trade mitigation package of programs, aimed at assisting U.S. commodity farmers suffering from damaging trade disputes. Through the TMP, producers of certain commodities were able to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program so that USDA could purchase and distribute these foods through domestic channels, including TEFAP and Child Nutrition Programs. 

Starting in December 2018,  WSDA began coordinating the distribution of TMP foods through our existing network of TEFAP providers. Throughout 2019, hunger relief providers across Washington will receive two to three times more commodity food than ever before due to TMP, including new products not usually available through federal commodity programs, like fresh milk, fresh produce, and pork products. 

Contact a Food Assistance team member if you have questions about TMP.