Sending Office: Honorable Rodney Davis
Endorsing Organizations: Feeding America
Since 2008, the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Storage and Distribution Funds have been authorized at $100 million, but each year only about $50 million has been appropriated. TEFAP is a means-tested federal program that provides food commodities
to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief through organizations like food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. This funding level covers only about 25% of what food banks actually spend on storing and distributing food.
To make up the other 75% of costs, food banks have to divert private donations to support the cost of storing and distributing TEFAP foods instead of using that money to improve programs and services for individuals in need, or to purchase more fresh, locally
grown foods for the program.
The Food Bank Assistance Act (H.R. 4020) would make the funding for TEFAP Storage and Distribution Funds mandatory at $100 million. Additionally, it would provide a 57% increase in mandatory funding for TEFAP food purchases from $318 million to $500 million.
Increased funding would enable better service throughout the program, particularly in rural areas that are more expensive to reach with food supplies. These rural locations are further from the food banks and usually have a much more limited storage capacity
than urban counterparts, making it very difficult to maintain a steady supply of food. The Food Bank Assistance Act will positively impact both rural and urban communities alike by providing more funding for storage and distribution and more funding for food
so that low-income Americans can get the extra help they need when it’s time to feed their families.
If you have any questions or are interested in cosponsoring the bill, please contact Elya Taichman (Elya.Taichman@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Lujan Grisham or Jimmy Ballard (Jimmy.Ballard@mail.house.gov)
with Rep. Davis.
Michelle Lujan Grisham Rodney Davis
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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