The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia will work toward ending hunger as part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty.

TEFAP and GNAP Commodities

A Brief Explanation About TEFAP and GNAP Commodities


USDA commodities are received by the Food Bank from the Federal Government. The program is administered by the State of Georgia. Truckloads of product are provided to us on a routine basis; however, the Food Bank does not have full control over the products it receives.

Typical TEFAP product includes canned vegetables and fruits, canned and frozen meats, pasta, pasta sauce, instant mashed potatoes, instant dried milk, pudding, juices, and cereals.

Any Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen is invited to distribute TEFAP products and must complete the TEFAP Eligibility Form. (link to TEFAP Eligibility form) Any Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen interested in doing so must also submit mandatory reports in a timely manner. Individuals who live at 150% of the federal poverty level or lower are eligible to receive TEFAP product.

To learn more about TEFAP eligibility please refer to the Agency Manual.


This food is purchased by the Food Bank with a grant from the State of Georgia and may be distributed to agencies which provide groceries and/or meals to low-income families with minor children who are considered “at risk”.

What this means is eligible recipients must

  • Be receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Transitioning off TANF
  • GNAP food can not be used to feed adults without dependents

To determine if a client is eligible please refer to the Agency Manual for more details.

There are strict guidelines on the food that the Food Bank is able to purchase with GNAP funds. There are also strict reporting guidelines. For this reason, there are special reporting requirements for GNAP eligible agencies.

Due to limited inventory at any given time, a limit is put on all GNAP items. This will allow all agencies that receive GNAP to have access to the inventory.

To learn more about GNAP eligibility please refer to the Agency Manual.

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