TEFAP Grants

TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has announced funding for $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.

SDA and ERA-funded projects will target Texas-based rural and low-income areas, as determined by the current The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach Assessment results, completed by TDA and outlined in the Request for Application (RFA). TDA plans to award this competitive grant of $3,182,702.04 to food banks with pre-existing contracts with TDA to assist in expanding their operations into targeted rural/remote areas. The aim is to use the grant funding towards equipment and expansion projects.  In addition, the grant will focus on two state-level projects for TEFAP: outreach and training. TDA’s Food and Nutrition Division (FND) will also work closely with the TDA Rural Economic Development Division to complement a similar capacity-building grant that will target similar rural areas of Texas.  

Total amount of funding expected to award: $3,182,702.04
Anticipated number of awards: 17  
Expected amounts of individual federal awards:  Based on available funds  
Anticipated start dates and period of performance: September 2022 – May 2024 
Application due date: Closed

Cost Sharing or Matching Considerations
There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements for this program.

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 Potential Reach and Resiliency Grant Applicants:

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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