The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry announced Jan. 25 that its food programs have a steady supply of food to distribute to food pantries and other nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

The department operates The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides a wide variety of foods to partnering organizations throughout the state. Both TEFAP and a related program, the Commodities Supplemental Food Program, are based in Augusta and serve all 16 counties. Through these programs, Maine can procure large quantities of food from the federal Department of Agriculture.

Although the USDA has been affected by the partial federal government shutdown, TEFAP/CSFP Director Jason Hall said in the release, "There’s no need for the staff and volunteers who run these organizations to be concerned about the flow of USDA food that we are sending to them. We place our orders months in advance, and the contracts are in place to supply this food for at least six months."

For more information, contact Hall at 287-7513 or jason.t.hall@maine.gov.