EFAP Tribal Activities
Tribes can use their EFAP funds to support a food voucher program, food pantry activities, or a combination of both.
Food Pantry Program: Tribes can put all of their funds or a portion into a food pantry. Funding may pay for: administrative costs; operational costs such as rent, salaries, gasoline for vehicles and supplies; purchase of food; nutrition training for staff and clients; equipment purchases and repairs.
Voucher Program: Tribes can use funding to operate voucher programs to provide food vouchers to people who are in need of food. The vouchers are then exchanged for food at grocery stores. Funding may pay for: administrative costs; operational costs and for the face value of vouchers.
EFAP Tribal Funding & Contract Process
State General Funds support 31 tribes. WSDA awards biennial contracts every two years for the tribal food pantry and voucher program. Eligible tribes submit applications in May of odd years.
What Tribal Providers are Eligible to Participate?
Tribal providers are eligible if they are Federally Recognized or are a Non-Federally Recognized Tribe that is a registered nonprofit organization with federal 501(c)3 status. Tribes may also apply through their choice of a tribal organization that is willing to serve as a contractor or administrator of the program. Currently 18 tribes apply through either Small Tribes Organization of Western Washington or South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency.
Tribes must agree to abide by the EFAP Tribal Procedures Manual, including but not limited to: Meet specific match requirements; submit required financial and data reports; practice nondiscrimination in providing services (Indian preference allowed); and not require participation in religious ceremonies or charge fees for services.
EFAP Tribal Voucher Procedures Manual
EFAP Procedures Manual for Food Pantries
EFAP Tribal Forms
All tribes interested in receiving EFAP Tribal funding must complete an EFAP Tribal Intent to Apply form.
EFAP Tribal Subcontract
Tribal contractors that subcontract with other tribes or tribal organizations will need to complete a EFAP Tribal Subcontract with each tribe or tribal organization.
EFAP Tribal Invoice Template
Tribal Contractors must use the EFAP Tribal Invoice Template to report their expenditures in order to be reimbursed for their expenses.