Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Nutrition Education Resources for CSFP

Last Published: 03/08/2019

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods that align with guidance provided by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Participants are offered monthly food packages that include a variety of nutritious foods, such as unsweetened or lightly sweetened canned fruits, low sodium or no salt added canned vegetables, low fat dairy products, whole grain cereals and pasta, and a variety of protein foods including lean meats, poultry, fish and dry beans. CSFP is administered at the Federal level by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). State agencies store and distribute foods to public and nonprofit private local agencies. Local agencies determine the eligibility of applicants, distribute the foods to participants, and provide nutrition education and referrals to other nutrition, social service, and healthcare programs. The links below are primarily from the USDA, FNS, SNAP-Ed Library. The links lead to food and nutrition resources that may help agencies provide more nutrition information to CSFP participants. To learn more about these materials, please use the organization’s contact information. Tip! If there is a cost to obtain the resource, ask if there is a way to review the resource before you purchase it. Visit the CSFP homepage to learn more about the program. Look at all the resources at the SNAP-Ed Library. Resources from the SNAP-Ed Library do not reflect the policies of FNS, and FNS does not conduct thorough reviews of the content of the resources. 



Eat Smartk Live Strong - reach your goals, step by step

Eat Smart, Live Strong
United States Department of Agriculture.
Interactive activities are designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60- to 74-year-olds participating in or eligible for FNS nutrition assistance programs.            
Cost: Free

FRIDGE cover page FRIDGE
Penn State Extension, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.
The FRIDGE (Food Related Intergenerational Discussion Group Experiences) program aims to help family members of different generations enhance their communication about food, and learn more about food and nutrition. The activities can be adapted for use at sites providing food assistance to older Americans. The toolkit contains guidelines for conducting the activities, materials needed to conduct the activities, and handouts.
Cost: Free
Physical Activity Kit image Physical Activity Kit
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service.
The Physical Activity Kit (PAK) is based on best practices to increase physical activity. The PAK helps Native Americans and Alaskan Natives increase time spent participating in physical activity. Click on PAK Book #7: "Older Adults Warm-Up, Cardiovascular, Strength, Cool-Down" for activities for older adults.
Cost: Free


BINGO order page screen shot MyPlate for Older Adults BINGO Game
University of Florida.
The game, delivered on a CD, provides older adults with a fun game to play while hearing nutrition and health tips that reinforce lesson content and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Bingo nutrition tips cover food groups, nutrition, diabetes, hypertension, and fall prevention. This CD includes instructions for the game, a printable checking chart, 40 game boards, playing pieces, and tips to use during the game.
Cost: Free


USDA Tip Sheet choosing healthy meals as you get older Choosing Healthy Meals as You Get Older (PDF | 316KB)
United States Department of Agriculture.
The handout focuses on "choosing healthy meals as you get older" by offering healthy eating tips for persons 65 years and older. The handout is part of the "10 Tips Nutrition Education Series" found at
Cost: Free
Older adult having a snack with a child Healthy Eating as We Age
United States Department of Agriculture.
This web page provides information on healthy eating for older adults. Click on 'print' at the top right side of the page to print as a handout.
Cost: Free
Cartoon picture of a freezer Quick and Easy Meals Using the Freezer
Connecticut/Rhode Island Senior Nutrition Awareness Project.
Tips for making meals ahead and freezing them in single-serve sizes. Helps participants save time and money.
Cost: Free


Creates Curriculum image of cover page Creates Curriculum- Essentials in Creating Family Meals
Utah State University. Utah Food$ense - SNAP-Ed.
This resource has lesson plans, fact sheets, and handouts. Topics to choose from include meal preparation, food safety, shopping with a list, being more physically active, and more. Click "Utah Food $ense Creates Curriculum & Handout" at the web page and then click "Create Better Health Draft" to gain access to a manual of lessons and activities.
Cost: Free
Purdue Extension making your food dollars work screen shot Making Your Food Dollars Work
Purdue University. Family Nutrition Program.
Four lessons, provided in a binder and on a CD, help adults get the most from the money they spend on food. Topics covered include tracking income and expenses, comparison shopping, menu planning, and goal setting. The lessons are supported with handouts, activities, and visuals.
Cost: $60
Screen shot of Seniors CAN page Seniors CAN
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
The Seniors CAN community-based program helps increase seniors' ability to understand and use health-related information, improve their sense of personal control, and extend their independence. The curriculum includes 15 lessons. The 4-month program is taught weekly, for 1 to 2 hours, at congregate sites including public housing and senior centers. English and Spanish materials available.                             
Cost: $45
Seniors eating well screen shot Seniors Eating Well: A Sourcebook of Lesson Plans and Activities
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Nine 45-minute nutrition lessons for older adults. Each lesson includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint slides, handouts, evaluation tools, and references. Most have recipes to make and taste-test. Many have an educational game format to make it fun and interesting. Lesson topics include: Great Grain Discoveries, All Star Senior Snacks, Hearth Healthy Meals for 1 or 2, Cooking and Seasoning with Herbs, Savory Soups, Fitness Fun, Evaluating Dietary Supplements for Seniors, Dietary Fat - Fact or Fiction?, New Concepts in Weight Control - Energy Density. Sold on a USB drive.
Cost: $75
Small steps to health cover page Small Steps to Health
Purdue University. Family Nutrition Program.
This is a digital product that is available to download immediately after purchase. Topics cover: Understanding MyPlate and Food Labels, Food Safety using the Fight BAC! Guidelines, and Family Meal Planning and Preparation.
Cost: $50

Power Point Presentations

Add a little spice (and herbs) to your life image Add a Little SPICE (& HERBS) to Your Life!
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension.
A presentation with accompanying handouts that help to teach participants how spices and herbs add flavor to food. A total of 79 slides can be broken down into shorter segments. Topics include Fat, Sugar and Salt Reduction Tips, Flavor and Food Combinations, Common Substitutions, General Rules for Amounts, When to Add Spices and Herbs, Storing Spices and Herbs, and How Long to Keep Spices and Herbs.
Cost: Free
Let's play.....Food: keep it or toss? Let's Play ... FOOD: Keep or Toss?
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension.
Keep or Toss is a PowerPoint presentation that can be used for a class or  activity on food safety. The presentation is set up like a game, listing five different leftover or left out food items, and asking whether they should be kept or tossed. Between each question is a review of food safety concepts, and tips for keeping food safe.
Cost: Free

Program Information

USDA Commodity Food Supplement Program Commodity Supplemental Food Program (PDF | 192KB)
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.
This one-page document describes the foods offered through CSFP. Useful as a marketing and information handout, there is space on the document for adding local program contact information.
Cost: Free
Safe and Healthy Food Pantry project screen shot Safe and Healthy Food Pantry Project
University of Wisconsin Extension.
The Project was developed to provide food pantries with guidance on  improving the nutritional quality and safety of their food inventories. Complete a registration form at the site to download the resource. 
Cost: Free

Recipes logo
San Francisco Human Services Agency. provides nutrition and recipe resources designed for low-income Californians and the organizations that serve them. The resources are useful for all regions of the USA. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Cost: Free
Flavors of my kitchen screen shot Flavors of My Kitchen Latino Cookbook
California-Latino Campaign. California Department of Public Health NEOPB.
This cookbook contains regional recipes with a healthy twist, nutrition information, health tips, and serving sizes. It is meant to be inspirational, encouraging low-income Latino families to make healthy changes in their lives. Available to print in Spanish and English.
Cost: Free