Emergency Food Assistance / American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

As a result of New York State's participation in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Office of General Services is currently assisting in the distribution of emergency food for the needy, along with additional administrative funding, for regional food banks throughout the state. The following describes the program and identifies how the resources are being allocated.

What is the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)?

TEFAP is administered in New York State by the Office of General Services (OGS), on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Through this program, USDA foods and federal administrative funding are distributed by OGS to eight regional food banks, which cover every county of the state. After OGS distributes the USDA foods to the food banks, the foods are sub-distributed to thousands of food pantries and soup kitchens located throughout the state. This food distribution network makes it possible for needy individuals throughout New York to receive USDA foods at an approved location within a reasonable proximity of their home. Under the administrative funding portion of the program, the federal funding is distributed to food banks to help cover a portion of their operating expenses

How does the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) help expand TEFAP?

The ARRA TEFAP administrative funding is being provided to New York to be distributed to the eight regional food banks with a goal of helping to address the increased need for services. In addition, the ARRA TEFAP food funding will help to provide needy individuals with convenient access to healthy, nutritious food.

How will the USDA foods be allocated?

The eight regional food banks will be receiving $6,186,287 in USDA foods as part of the ARRA, which will be delivered to the food banks from May 2009 through December 2009. All USDA food entitlement is proportionately allocated to the eight food banks based on statistics that are provided to the OGS annually by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The food banks will be receiving truckload quantities of the following USDA foods:

Applesauce Eggs Peanut Butter
Butter Ham Peanuts
Cheese Mixed Fruit Pork
Chicken Peaches Turkey

The following is a breakdown of how the additional food value, provided to New York through its ARRA allocation, will be proportionately distributed.
Food Bank Location Value of Food
Food Bank for New York City Bronx, NY (Bronx County) $3,792,194
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Latham, NY (Albany County) $593,883
Food Bank of Western New York East Syracuse, NY (Onondaga County) $470,158
Food Bank of Central New York East Syracuse, NY (Onondaga County) $426,854
FoodLink, Inc. Rochester, NY (Monroe County) $377,364
Long Island Cares Hauppauge, NY (Suffolk County) $228,893
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Elmira, NY (Chemung County) $160,843
Food Bank for Westchester Millwood, NY (Westchester County) $136,098

How will the administrative funding be allocated?

The eight regional food banks will be receiving $1,550,447 in administrative funding during Federal Fiscal Year 2009 (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) as part of the ARRA. All funding was provided to the food banks by the end of July 2009. All administrative funding is proportionately distributed to the eight food banks, based on statistics that are provided to OGS annually by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). A breakdown of the ARRA administrative funding by food bank follows.
Food Bank Location Amount of Funding
Food Bank for New York City Bronx, NY (Bronx County) $950,424
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Latham, NY (Albany County) $148,843
Food Bank of Western New York East Syracuse, NY (Onondaga County) $117,834
Food Bank of Central New York East Syracuse, NY (Onondaga County) $106,981
FoodLink, Inc. Rochester, NY (Monroe County) $94,577
Long Island Cares Hauppauge, NY (Suffolk County) $57,366
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Elmira, NY (Chemung County) $40,312
Food Bank for Westchester Millwood, NY (Westchester County) $34,110

What counties are served by the regional food banks?

NEW YORK STATE REGIONAL FOOD BANK COUNTY LISTING

Food Bank of Northeastern New York Food Bank of Central New York Food Bank of the Southern Tier FoodLink Food Bank of Western New York Food Bank for Westchester Long Island Cares Food Bank for New York City

Albany Cayuga Broome Allegany Cattaraugus Westchester Nassau Bronx
Clinton Chenango Chemung Genesee Chautauqua Suffolk Kings
Columbia Cortland Schuyler Livingston Erie New York
Deleware Herkimer Steuben Monroe Niagara Queens
Dutchess Jefferson Tioga Ontario Richmond
Essex Lewis Tompkins Orleans
Franklin Madison Seneca
Fulton Oneida Wayne
Greene Onondaga Wyoming
Hamilton Oswego Yates
Montgomery St.Lawerence
Orange
Otsego
Putnam
Rensselaer
Rockland
Saratoga
Schenectady
Schoharie
Sullivan
Ulster
Warren
Washington

For more information about New York State's participation in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, go to: www.recovery.ny.gov.

For more information about Food Distribution programs administered by the Office of General Services: visit the administration page.

Contact: Tom Osterhout, Director of the OGS Food Distribution and Warehousing Program, at (518) 474-5122 or E-Mail.