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KDA receives USDA grant to improve reach of emergency food system

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has awarded the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) $753,550 to improve the Emergency Food Assistance Program, commonly known as TEFAP. The USDA has allocated more than $39 million in grants to 38 state agencies to help states reach remote, rural, tribal, or low-income areas underserved by the program.

KDA will utilize this grant to support a client-based intake system at food pantries within the God’s Pantry service area, helping to identify deficiencies in program coverage. Additional sub-grants will be distributed to food banks across the commonwealth to repair aging infrastructure, fund new hires, upgrade storage systems, and purchase mobile pantry vehicles and equipment.

TEFAP is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing emergency food assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, USDA purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality domestically sourced and produced food.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) leverages its 15 nutrition assistance programs to ensure children, low-income individuals, and families have opportunities for a better future through equitable access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food while building a more resilient food system. FNS is fighting to end food and nutrition insecurity for all through programs such as SNAP, school meals, and WIC. FNS also provides science-based nutrition recommendations through the co-development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To learn more, visit www.fns.usda.gov and follow @USDANutrition.

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