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3 Things to Know About the Role of TEFAP in Fighting Rural Hunger

Here are three facts you should know about the role TEFAP plays in helping rural communities weather the country’s hunger crisis.

January 13, 2022 | By Amirio Freeman, Advocacy Manager

Zakkeeas visiting a food pantry.

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, another pandemic is also continuing to disrupt the health and well-being of communities across the United States: hunger. 

In rural areas of the nation – the very places that produce much of the food eaten in the U.S. and abroad – hunger hits especially hard. Fortunately, federal food programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) are running to ensure our rural neighbors, and others in need, don’t have to face empty pantries and fridges. 

Here are three facts you should know about the role TEFAP plays in helping rural communities weather the country’s hunger crisis. 

Tell Congress and USDA: Send More Food From Farms to Food Banks

Let lawmakers know: To help food banks meet the current increase in demand for food, Congress must provide additional funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) food purchases, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must quickly make these purchases.

Food banks, and other charitable food assistance organizations, are bearing the brunt of the enduring hunger crisis, as demand for food remains elevated amid an ongoing pandemic, rising food prices, and a winter that threatens to spike the cost of utilities for families. 

While households continue experiencing barriers to affording groceries, current TEFAP food support is on the verge of running out. This spells disaster for food banks working overtime to keep up with demand and for families looking to food banks for support.

Lawmakers have the power to invest in TEFAP to ensure fewer of our neighbors go hungry. Tell lawmakers to act using our action alert.  

🥕 In rural areas of the nation, hunger hits especially hard. @hunger shares 3 facts you should know about the role TEFAP plays in helping rural communities weather the country’s hunger crisis: bit.ly/TEFAPxRuralHunger