The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded a Reach and Resiliency Grant to the Iowa Department of Human Services to improve The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost.
TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants use funds to implement solutions for potential gaps in coverage including better serving remote, rural, tribal and low-income areas. Through TEFAP, USDA purchases a variety of nutritious foods and makes them available to state agencies.
The Iowa DHS has included the Food Bank of Siouxland to receive a portion of the grant funding, along with other food banks throughout Iowa. The Food Bank of Siouxland received $32,672 through the program to assist with food purchasing.
“With this grant, we can better serve the communities that benefit from TEFAP and continue our fight against hunger in Siouxland,” Executive Director, Jacob Wanderscheid says. “We are so grateful and excited to see how this will impact the community.”
Food Bank of Siouxland serves approximately 100 member agencies throughout 11 counties in Iowa and Nebraska including remote, rural, tribal and low-income areas. They are considered the main food supplier for nonprofit agencies such as food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, residential facilities, daycares, and senior centers.