Eligibility & How to Apply

Last Modified: 07/07/2014

This page provides a summary of the eligibility requirements for individuals interested in participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

  • Participant Eligibility Requirements. Includes low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements. Women, infants, and children currently receiving CSFP benefits who were certified to receive such assistance on or before February 6, 2014 are also eligible to continue to receive assistance under the program rules in effect on that date, in accordance with the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79, the 2014 Farm Bill). As required by the 2014 Farm Bill, women, infants, and children who apply to participate in CSFP on February 7, 2014, or later cannot be certified to participate in the program. Such individuals may be eligible for other nutrition assistance programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

(Note: Eligible participants cannot participate in both WIC and CSFP at the same time.)

  • Income Eligibility Guidelines. These are the Guidelines used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying for participation in CSFP.
     
  • How to Apply. Contact your State distributing agency (SDA) for further assistance. For a list of SDA contacts that includes those which administer CSFP, NSIP, TEFAP, and Schools/Child Nutrition Commodity Programs, click here. To view a fact sheet about how this program works, click here.