Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

About CSFP

Last Modified: 03/07/2014

CSFP is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Here you will find a summary of the benefits and services available to those who are eligible to participate in this program. To view a copy of the program fact sheet, click here

Introduction

USDA purchases food and makes it available to CSFP State agencies, along with funds for administrative costs. State agencies that administer CSFP are typically departments of health, social services, education, or agriculture.  State agencies store the food and distribute it to public and non-profit private local agencies.

Local agencies determine the eligibility of applicants, distribute the foods, and provide nutrition education.  Local agencies also provide referrals to other welfare, nutrition, and health care programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare.

  • Population Served. The population served by CSFP is similar to that served by USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), but CSFP also serves elderly people, and provides food rather than the food vouchers that WIC participants receive. Eligible people cannot participate in both programs at the same time. 
  • USDA Foods Available List. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population.  For a list of the foods available for CSFP, click here.  

If you are interested in participating in CSFP, please contact your State Distributing Agency.