Disaster Relief Appropriations Act-Emergency Food Assistance Program (Administrative Costs)

To help supplement the diets of low-income persons impacted by Hurricane Sandy by making funds available to States for processing, storage and distribution costs incurred by State agencies and local organizations, such as soup kitchens, food banks, and food pantries, including faith-based organizations.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Mid Atlantic Regional Office
Northeast Regional Office.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
General Services, New York Office Of $ 585,255   2012-10-012013-09-30
Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 7,163   2012-10-292013-09-30
New Jersey Department Of Agriculture $ 500,000   2012-10-292013-09-30
Maryland Department Of Human Services $ 4,405   2012-10-292013-09-30
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Administrative funds were provided to impacted State agencies to cover administrative costs incurred at the State and local level while providing emergency food assistance due to Hurricane Sandy and to replace administrative resources that were diverted for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Funds may only be used for approved administrative expenses, and the State agency is required to pass-through at least 40 percent of the funds to emergency feeding organizations or expend such funds on their behalf.

In addition, the States must match, either in cash or in-kind, the amount of administrative funds not passed-through to emergency feeding organizations.

States may choose sites that distribute to low-income households and/or congregate sites that provide meals to the needy.

Allowable costs include nutrition education, warehousing, food delivery, participate certification, and other administrative costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies that are designated as distributing agencies by the Governor or other appropriate State executive authority may receive these administrative funds to support the distribution of USDA Foods to low-income persons.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public or private non-profit organizations, such as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens, which provide food assistance to low-income persons.

Credentials/Documentation

State agencies and local organizations are required to document their use of the administrative funds, and only those administrative costs permitted under OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments will be allowed. Local agencies may be required to document their non-profit status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Awards were made to the States affected by Hurricane Sandy, as evidenced by major disaster declarations and eligibility for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). One-half of the TEFAP supplemental funding was allocated to States based on the population of counties that received major disaster declarations from FEMA, and one-half of funding was allocated to States based on the population of counties eligible for individual disaster assistance from FEMA. Under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-2, the "Act"), USDA was able to allocate the money without regard to the statutory formula used to allocate TEFAP administrative funds were provided through the regular appropriations process. The funds were provided as USDA Foods under 10.591. However, State agencies had the opportunity to convert any or all of their allocation to administrative funds under this CFDA number, provided the States can show sufficient justification for making this co