The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) assists needy households by distributing federal surplus foods to emergency food pantries. The program assists families and individuals in all 24 jurisdictions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSDA) provides thousands of pounds of commodities annually to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

TEFAP is available to those enrolled in the following programs:

  • Food Supplement Program
  • Energy Assistance Program
  • Medical Assistance Program
  • Temporary Cash Assistance Program
  • Unemployment Benefits



TEFAP Income Requirements:

Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $1,679
2 $2,268
3 $2,857
4 $3,446
5 $4,035
6 $4,624
7 $5,213
8 $5,802
For each additional household member add $589.00



Where to Apply:
To find a local Emergency Feeding Organization in your area, Click here

What to Bring:

  • Photo identification (Drivers License, Maryland ID, or Employment ID)
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the household (yourself and children)
  • Proof of address (lease, utility, water, or phone bill, rent or mortgage statement)
  • Proof of income for past 2 months (pay stubs that show your income, or most recent benefit letter for government checks: SSI, SSDI, VA, Social Security, or any others



Maryland Emergency Food Program (MEFP)
The Maryland Emergency Food Program (MEFP) provides grants to assist emergency food providers (including soup kitchens and food pantries) in purchasing food for needy individuals and families.
For more information about The Maryland Emergency Food Program, call Charisse Rhoades on (410) 767-7719.

Statewide Nutrition Assistance Program
The Statewide Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds the purchase of capital equipment (shelving, refrigerators, freezers, and food handling equipment) for emergency food pantries and food banks.
For more information about The Statewide Nutrition Assistance Program, call Charisse Rhoades on (410) 767-7719.

Home-Delivered Meals to Persons with HIV/AIDS
This program provides home delivered food and nutrition counseling to persons with HIV/AIDS. Nutritious meals, prepared in a safe and contamination-free manner, help maintain the immune system and reduce the side effects of some medications.
For more information about Home-Delivered Meals to Persons with HIV/AIDS, call Teresa Bailey on (410) 767-7015.

Sign-Up for Free Food Recalls
Food recalls are important to everyone. The best way to get email notifications of all food recalls is by signing up for free email updates from www.recalls.gov. This is a one-stop shop for United States Government recalls of both United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) products and commercial products.
Registration is easy. Follow these few steps to receive an instant acknowledgment of your subscription from the Department of Health and Human Services:
Log on to www.recalls.gov
Click on the Food tab at the top
Click on “Sign Up for Free Recall Updates by E-Mail” (in red toward top of page)
This takes you to the Dept. of Health and Human Services sign up page, where you will:
A. Enter your email address and confirm same; and
B. Check the box titled FoodSafety.gov Recalls and Alerts under the FoodSafety.gov updates section.