TEFAP Grants

TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants

In June 2022, The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service awarded the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) $3,759,351 from the Build Back Better (BBB) Reach and Resiliency grant to apply towards the State Distributing Agency (SDA) and Eligible Recipient Agency (ERA) projects in Texas. The initiative’s key objective is to expand TEFAP's reach into remote, rural, Tribal, and/or low-income areas that are underserved by the program.

Texas Department of Agriculture has announced the following six Grant Recipients in the first round of the TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants: 

Central Texas Food Bank, Inc.


El Pasoans Fighting Hunger


Houston Food Bank


San Antonio Food Bank


South Plains Food Bank, Inc


South Texas Food Bank




SDA and ERA-funded projects will target Texas-based rural and low-income areas, as determined by TDA's current TEFAP Reach Assessment results. The aim is to use the grant funding towards equipment and expansion projects.  In addition, the grant funding will also focus on two state-level projects for TEFAP: outreach and training.  

Total amount of funding: $3,759,351
Total amount of funding awarded to Grant Recipients: $3,182,702.04
Eligible Grant Recipients in Texas: 17
Number of Grant Recipients receiving awards: 6  
Period for Grant Recipients grant performance: September 2022 – May 2024 
Applications Period: Closed

Agency Contact: Questions regarding the program (technical) requirements must be directed to the Grant Manager, Sylvia Garrett. See below for details.

TEFAP State agency: Texas Department of Agriculture
TEFAP State agency address: 1700 North Congress Ave. 11th floor
Austin, TX 78701 

Name of Contact Person and Title:
Sylvia Garrett
Grant Manager
Food and Nutrition Division

Email Address: Sylvia.Garrett@TexasAgriculture.gov

Phone Number: 512-463-8215

Resources for TEFAP Grant Recipients:

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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