The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (also known as CSFP) is available to qualifying low-income seniors who meet age and income restrictions that are part of this beneficial program.
As part of this program, elderly citizens receive food packages to supplement their diets, including lean proteins, grains, dairy products and canned fruits or vegetables, as these foods help program recipients to live healthier lives. However, certain women, infants and children may continue to receive these benefits as well if they received certification prior to February 6, 2014.
Moreover, the Commodity Food Program is available through the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). During the 2017 fiscal year, the program assisted an average number of 630,000 beneficiaries per month. While beneficiaries generally need to meet age and income restrictions, applicants may also need to meet additional nutritional risk requirements in some states. To learn more about this program and how to apply, review the information below.
The Commodity Food Program supplements the diets of qualifying senior citizens who meet age, income and residency requirements. Through the CSFP Program, qualifying beneficiaries who reside in certain parts of the U.S. receive nutritional counseling and free food packages that include the following items:
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Note: Depending on market availability, eligible food items will vary. Additionally, the program is not available in all states and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs).
The Commodity Food Program for seniors supplements the diets of elderly citizens who are at least 60 years of age and meet income requirements depending on the size of their household. Additionally, applicants must reside on an ITO that participates in the program, or in a participating state, as not all State Agencies administer these food benefits. The only state and territory that do not participate in the CFPS program are Alabama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
While the Commodity Food Program was once available to seniors and low-income women and children, non-elderly beneficiaries may only receive these benefits if they became eligible for the program prior to February 6, 2014, when the eligibility requirements changed. Once their current certification period ends, they will not be able to reapply, as only low-income elderly citizens may obtain benefits under this program. Instead, low-income women and children may apply for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Note: If applicants are eligible for CSFP Program benefits, they may not participate in WIC at the same time.
To be eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, seniors must live in a household with an income that does not exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). For qualifying children that remain on the program, their household income must fall within 100 and 185 percent of the FPL.
To learn more about these Senior Commodity Food Program income requirements, refer to the following chart:
|Annual Income 130%
of FPL – 48 Contiguous States
|Annual Income 130%
of FPL – Alaska
|Annual Income 130%
of FPL – Hawaii
|Additional members||Add $5,616||Add $7,020||Add $6,461|
While the process of applying to a Commodity Supplemental Food Program varies by state, qualifying seniors can get started by contacting the distributing agency in the state where they live. To obtain state-specific contact information, refer to the chart below.
|AK||Department of Health & Social Services||907-465-8629||MT||Department of Public Health & Human Services||406-447-4262|
|AZ||Department of Economic Security||602-542-3019||NE||Department of Health & Human Services||402471-0189|
|AR||Department of Human Services||501-371-1400||NV||Department of Agriculture||775-353-3625|
|CA||Department of Social Services||916-229-3343||NH||Department of Health & Human Services||603-271-4546|
|CO||Department of Human Services||303-866-3113||NJ||Department of Health||609-292-9560|
|CT||Adult Services Division/Food Stamp Unit||860-424-5429||NM||Food & Nutrition Services Bureau||505-841-2696|
|DC||Department of Health||202-442-9140||NY||State Department of Health||518-402-7400|
|DE||Department of Elder Affairs||302-838-8060||NC||Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services||919-575-4490, ext. 206|
|FL||Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services||850-617-7435||ND||Department of Public Instruction||1-888-338-3663|
|GA||Department of Human Resources||404-657-3605||OK||Department of Human Services||405-521-6472|
|HI||Office of Community Services||808-586-8696||OR||Department of Human Services||503-945-6368|
|ID||Commission on Aging||208-334-3822, ext. 228||OH||Office of Family Services||614-466-4815|
|IL||Department of Human Services||217-524-1231||PA||Department of Agriculture||717-772-2688|
|IN||State Department of Health||317-234-8230||RI||Department of Human Services, Division of Elderly Affairs||401-462-0931|
|IA||Department of Human Services||515-281-5410||SC||Department of Social Services||803-898-0973|
|KS||Department for Children & Families||785-368-8120||SD||Department of Education||605-773-3413|
|KY||Department of Agriculture||502-782-9241||TN||Department of Health, Nutrition, & Wellness||615-741-7218|
|LA||Office of Public Health/Nutrition Services||225-342-8254||TX||Department of Agriculture||1-877-TEX-MEAL|
|MA||Department of Elementary & Secondary Education||781-338-6460||UT||Department of Health||801-538-6026|
|MD||Department of Aging||410-767-6032||VT||Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living||802-871-3214|
|ME||Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry||207-287-7513||VA||Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services||804-786-3936|
|MI||Office of School Support Services||517-373-2313||WA||Department of Agriculture||360-725-5651|
|MN||Department of Health||651-201-4422||WV||Department of Agriculture||304-558-0573|
|MS||Department of Health||601-987-4677||WI||Department of Health Services||608-266-3821|
|MO||Department of Health & Senior Services||573-751-6269||WY||Department of Family Services||307-777-6082|
In Puerto Rico, applicants must contact the Department of the Family at 787-289-7600, extension 2313.
Moreover, Commodity Nutrition Program applicants who reside on a participating Indian reservation may refer to the following contact information:
|Indian Tribal Organization (ITO)||Telephone Number|
|Minnesota, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians||218-679-3720|
|Oglala Sioux, Oglala Sioux Tribe||605-867-5511|
|Seminole Nation of Oklahoma||405-382-3900|
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