This federal food program provides shelf-stable and perishable foods on a first-come first-served basis to those who self-declare that they meet income guidelines. As a lead agency for this program, Thurston County Food Bank distributes TEFAP to food pantries and meal programs in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Kitsap Counties. Click for a list of TEFAP distribution locations.
TEFAP foods are available at our Food Bank pantries, satellites, and mobile distribution sites, with the service level based on household size. Although the variety and quantity is limited, it is offered in addition to our basic food bag. We often create a meal kit with TEFAP items, complete with a delicious recipe — the “Overnight Oats” recipe was shared by our Nutrition Program team.
Note: Language options for the income guidelines. For TEFAP: choose TEFAP, scroll down to TEFAP Participant Forms and Publications, and find pub AGR-445.