Congress currently mandates a minimum of $140 million annually for the purchase of food
by USDA through the federal price-support program and other sources. These funds are
allocated to each state based on a formula using the current weighted poverty and
unemployment index. Wisconsins fair share of entitlement dollars earmarked for USDA
purchases of food for the program in FFY 2002 provided combined amounts of over
9.8 million pounds of food
with a value of over $5.4 million in FFY 2002.
Wisconsin limits the distribution of TEFAP commodities to Emergency Feeding
Organizations (EFOs) and outlets (pantries, soup kitchens and shelters) eligible to assist
in the distribution of commodities received under this program. USDA/FNS defines an
Emergency Feeding Organization (EFO) as a public or nonprofit tax-exempt agency that
provides nutrition assistance to relieve situations of emergency and distress through the
provision of food to needy persons including low-income and unemployed persons.
Last Revised: November 19, 2013