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The Emergency Food Assistance Program

Regarding the TEFAP, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be seeking federal approval to waive the regulatory requirement to collect a full household eligibility record from each household receiving commodity foods, effective immediately.

ERAs that participate in TEFAP help ensure children and families do not experience a lapse in food security during times of personal hardship. ERAs include community action agencies and food banks that help feed communities in every part of Michigan. The waiver will allow ERAs flexibilities in distributing food to families in need. The waiver will also allow for minimal interaction among ERA staff, volunteers, and households to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus.

For questions about Michigan’s TEFAP resources and information about local agencies distributing emergency foods, contact Household Programs Consultant Liana Bennett at 517-241-5349 or

Source: MSP