Hunger Solutions Minnesota partners with the USDA, the Minnesota Department of Human Services-Office of Economic Opportunity, food banks and food shelves to administer Minnesota’s TEFAP program. The Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes over 10 million pounds of food to food shelves and on-site meal programs across Minnesota.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Update 4/6/2020

NEW! TEFAP Eligibility forms with new income limits.

Update 3/23/2020

  • Food Shelf Best Practices for COVID-19
    This document applies the MDH guidance on COVID-19 to food shelf operations and ensures program changes remain in line with TEFAP policy. These best practices for divided into four (4) areas:
    1) workforce (paid and volunteer)
    2) food distribution
    3) communications
    4) what to do in the case of potential closure
    Please review these and begin implementing changes now (if you haven’t already).
    Q&A on TEFAP for COVID-19
    Questions and answers for food shelves on TEFAP products and changes.
  • MDH “Prevent the Spread” poster for download and posting in your food shelf. Help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities!
  • MDH “Viruses Don’t Discriminate” poster for download and posting in your food shelf.
  • MDH COVID-19 Basics — a simple one-pager on COVID-19.

Update 3/20/2020


Use the tools below to learn more about TEFAP. If you have further questions please call
651-789-9846 for help.

Commodity Specifications for Fresh Fruit
Commodity Specifications for Fresh Citrus
Commodity Specification for Fresh Vegetables


All forms are made available as downloadable Word documents to allow food shelves to customize them for their needs.

Civil Rights Training

The Food Group and Second Harvest Heartland offer a joint training on Civil Rights.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isogY8k9CRk&feature=youtu.be
Complete the form https://form.jotform.com/73605014338148 to receive credit for watching


USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and Minnesota partners talk about TEFAP

How TEFAP works in Minnesota

How is TEFAP funded?

How are products ordered and delivered?

What are entitlement and bonus commodities?

TEFAP Legal Requirements

TEFAP Agency Requirements

Client intake

Receiving and storing food

Data reporting

What to expect at a TEFAP monitoring visit

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