Government shutdown and the impact on The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Second Harvest Heartland distributes millions of pounds of privately donated food to nearly 1,000 agencies and programs including food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and children's after-school programs serving 41 counties in Minnesota.
What is less known is that Second Harvest Heartland is a partner in the delivery of several federally funded programs, such as the USDA’s Commodity Surplus Food Program (CSFP) and its MAC and NAPS programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).The State of Minnesota serves an intermediary role in the administration of funds for these programs.
While funds for CSFP and SNAP have been deemed “essential” under the shutdown rulings issued by Minnesota’s state courts, the USDA’s TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) has not been designated as essential. In a June 30th, 2011 communication from the Department of Human Service—issued by Hunger Solutions Minnesota— it was stated that Second Harvest Heartland cannot distribute TEFAP on or after July 5th.
Information about TEFAP