Shelby County TEFAP Program Transitions to Mid-South Food Bank
October 22, 2012
Mid-South Food Bank assumed responsibility for The Emergency
Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) program in Shelby County on October 1. Shelby County
government has served as the local receiving organization that monitored the program. Mid-South
Food Bank now receives the food and provides it to various agencies that served as distribution centers
to low-income residents. The commodity foods distributed are made available by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture through the state of Tennessee.
Mid-South Food Bank was informed by the state that there was not sufficient food available for the
month of October, so there will be no commodities distribution this month. October is traditionally the
slowest time for the program, with very little food available, so it was chosen as the time to make this
transition to Mid-South Food Bank.
"Food banks in other states are often the distribution organization for TEFAP food," said Estella
Mayhue-Greer, president & CEO of Mid-South Food Bank. "We are looking at all the distribution sites
now and communicating with all the site directors. We want to ensure we have the most cost-effective
network of sites and delivery routes to serve those who need food assistance in best way."
Mid-South Food Bank anticipates a smooth transition and a more efficient program overall, beginning
in November. Mid-South Food Bank program staff are working on integrating the TEFAP program
into current monitoring matrixes and inventory software. All current sites have received letters from
Mid-South Food Bank about the shift in program management.