USDA Investing in the Nation’s Emergency Food System

Dan Economy, USDA


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late last week an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The new program will support and expand the emergency food network so states, food banks and local organizations can reliably serve their communities.

That’s USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Stacy Dean. She explains the three areas focused in this new program.

Building on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA will enter into cooperative agreements with state, Tribal and local entities to more efficiently purchase food from local producers and invest in infrastructure that enables partner organizations to more effectively reach underserved communities.