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Food Distribution Program
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Food Distribution Program provides economic support to West Virginia school-age children and to those in need through distribution of USDA Commodity Foods. USDA Foods help support American farmers, helping keep local agriculture strong and stimulating economy. USDA Foods are 100% American grown and meet the highest safety and nutrition standards. Ongoing updates are made to ensure that all USDA foods meet the dietary guidelines for Americans, including reduced levels of fats, sodium, and sugars.

As the USDA Commodity Foods Distribution Center for West Virginia, we are responsible for receipt, storage, and statewide distribution and delivery of USDA Foods as well as administrative management and oversight. Throughout the School Year, the center receives an average of 6,500 cases of USDA Foods weekly. We deliver an average of 250,000 cases annually, with a value of over $7 million. Commodity foods are delivered to all 55 county school systems, two food banks who serve approximately 400 food pantries, and more than 100 other agencies across West Virginia.
Pallets of potatoes ready to be delivered to those in need
All of the agencies served by The Food Distribution Program fall under one of two primary categories. One of those categories is the Child Nutrition Program (CNP), which includes all agencies that serve school-age children and are certified by the West Virginia Department of Education. More than 30 million meals, utilizing USDA commodities, are served annually to West Virginia school children.

The other primary category of agencies we serve are those who participate in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP agencies include West Virginia’s two food banks and the pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable organizations they serve. More than 200,000 households receive USDA commodity food assistance through TEFAP each year.

Food Distribution Staff

Program Director:             Lora Hammack, lhammack@wvda.us
TEFAP Coordinator:         Kate Hill, khill@wvda.us
Executive Assistant:          Jami Thompson, jthompson@wvda.us
MAILING ADDRESS:       P.O. Box 1069, Ripley, WV, 25271
DELIVERY ADDRESS:    4496 Cedar Lakes Road, Ripley, WV, 25271
PHONE:                           304-558-0573
FAX:                                 304-372-3312

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USDA Commodity TEFAP Foods Fact Sheets
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