The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of Idahoans who are low-income by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. TEFAP is a national hunger-relief program, in which the food is purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and then distributed by The Idaho Foodbank through a network of community partners in eastern Idaho.
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Questions and Answers relating to The Idaho Foodbank’s participation in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Q: When will The Idaho Foodbank begin distributing TEFAP?
A: The Idaho Foodbank will begin distributing TEFAP food to the previously approved community organizations in early December 2015. Our intent is to start with the existing community organizations to minimizing any confusion for the individuals and families receiving the product; those in need of TEFAP food can continue going to the same location. The process for individuals/families to qualify for the product will remain the same.
Q: Is The Idaho Foodbank assuming responsibility for TEFAP distribution statewide?
A: No. The Community Action Partnership of Idaho (CAPAI) asked us to take on TEFAP distribution in eastern Idaho only. We were approached largely because we currently have hunger-relief programs and services in this area through our Pocatello facility.
Q: What does The Idaho Foodbank currently provide in eastern Idaho?
A: Last fiscal year, our Pocatello facility distributed more than 4 million pounds of food through 44 community partners and direct service programs in 16 counties. Our direct-service programs include Mobile Pantry, School Pantry, Backpack, and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters.
Q: The Post Register reported that Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership (EICAP) and South East Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) are ending their involvement with the TEFAP program because it had become too expensive to administer. How will the Foodbank be able to administer the program more successfully?
A: Last fiscal year, 89% of the more than 16 million pounds of food we distributed statewide was donated. Donors support the Foodbank because they know that 94% of all donations go to programs and services that feed people who are hungry. Statewide, the Foodbank maintains a staff of under 60 people. Yet through distribution efficiencies and the support of a large volunteer base, we are able to maximize our impact. In other words, do more for less. This approach will enable the Foodbank to ensure TEFAP success.
Q: If I have a question or concern about my TEFAP distribution, who should I contact?
A: The Foodbank has assigned a TEFAP coordinator – Adam Hansen – who will be available to address your questions and concerns. Contact Adam by phone at (208) 602-4705, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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