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The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) was initiated in 1981 to reduce inventories and storage costs of surplus USDA foods through distribution to needy households. While some surplus food is still distributed through TEFAP, Congress (since 1989) has appropriated funds to purchase additional USDA foods for households. South Dakota uses TEFAP USDA foods in the soup kitchens and food banks.

TEFAP was not designed to serve as a primary food source. It was designed as an outlet for surplus USDA foods, and it has effectively achieved that goal.

The nutritional needs of TEFAP households can best be met through other food assistance programs such as WIC and the SNAP or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). In South Dakota, the USDA donated food for distribution is sent to food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens.

Recipient eligibility to receive USDA foods from food pantries is determined by completion of an intake application form provided by the food pantry indicating household and financial circumstances at or below 185% poverty level, name, number in household, and address. In South Dakota a family qualifing for reduced price meals qualifies them for this program. The chart giving the household sizes and income eligibility guidelines is found by clicking the red Child and Adult Nutrition Services tab.

South Dakota has a number of local contacts that provide TEFAP.
Western South Dakota Community Action Agency
1844 Lombardy Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703
(605) 348-1460,
Belle Fourche, Buffalo, Custer, Faith, Kadoka, Lead, Midland, Martin, Nisland, Spearfish, and Sturgis  

Feeding South Dakota
Agency Village, Armour, Bowdle, Brookings, Dell Rapids, Freeman, Gayville, Highmore, Humboldt, LaPlant, Mobridge, Oldham, Parkson, Parmelee, Sioux Falls, Wagner, Wessington Springs

  South Dakota DOE-Child and Adult Nutrition Services
Aberdeen, Flandreau, Hoven, Howard, Huron, Lake Andes, Lake Norden, Lemmon, Madison, Marty, Mitchell, Mission, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Vermillion, Wall, Wagner, Wanblee, Watertown, Winner, and Yankton

If your food pantry isn't listed and is interested in being on The Emergency Food Assistance Program, please have the authorized representative contact the South Dakota Department of Educaiton for an application.

Numbered policy/instruction memos:
USDA releases numbered policy memos which govern the programs in addition to the laws, regulations, and guidance manuals. The legislaion, regulations and policy memos can be found under its respective program on the USDA website. South Dakota no longer relases the numbered memos separately. Announcements are provided through email, bulletins, and newsletters with reference to the appropriate USDA website.

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2013-14 USDA Foods/Commodity History Report
Listed Alphabetically by Agency Name
Commodities shipped 7/1/13 to 9/30/13
Commodities shipped 10/1/13 to 12/31/13
Commodities shipped 1/1/14 to 3/31/14
Commodities shipped 4/1/14 to 6/30/14


For information about The Emergency Food Assistance Program, contact Julie McCord at 605-773-3110.