TEFAP is a key public-private-charitable partnership. It helps the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers, and food banks connect nutritious food with families facing hunger. TEFAP is the backbone of the charitable food system. Last year, it provided more than 20% of the food distributed through local hunger-relief organizations. During this pandemic, TEFAP will be more vital than ever to ensure our network has enough food to support families struggling with hunger.