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Shelby County TEFAP Program Transitions to Mid-South Food Bank

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.