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Food Distribution Programs

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Formerly known as the temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), this program was initiated in 1981 to reduce inventories and storage costs of surplus food through distribution to needy households. While some surplus food is still distributed through TEFAP, Congress (since 1989) has appropriated funds to purchase additional foods for households.

In North Dakota, TEFAP is administered locally by the eight regional Community Action Agencies and the Great Plains Food Bank, which arrange for the delivery and distribution of food to more than 100 food pantries across North Dakota. Soup kitchens also receive TEFAP foods.  Foods distributed under TEFAP

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) provides USDA foods to income eligible households who live on or near Indian reservations. Previously known as the Needy Family Program, this is the oldest of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service programs, going back to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The NDDPI provides administrative and support services for 2 reservations and one Indian Service Agency in North Dakota. The food package allowed each individual is currently valued at $52.00. Participants may receive benefits under either FDPIR or the Food Stamp Program. Foods distributed under FDPIR

The agency also provides food ordering and warehousing services for 2 reservations in North Dakota and one reservation in South Dakota.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The CSFP provides a monthly food package to people with limited incomes, mainly the elderly. The program serves seniors age 60 and older who are at or below 130% of the poverty level (CSFP 2011 Income Eligibility Guidelines).The program works to improve the health of seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious commodity foods. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups. Attention must be given to the nutritional needs of the growing number of elderly citizens in North Dakota. Foods Distributed under CSFP

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Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
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