What is CSFP
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program
CSFP support staff and volunteers distribute a nutritionally designed monthly food package which aids low-income individuals known to be vulnerable to malnutrition during critical periods of growth and development—such as those 60 years of age or older, infants, children under 6, and women who are pregnant, postpartum, and/or breastfeeding and are not WIC program recipients.
The nutrient-rich foods contained in the CSFP monthly food package help to prevent the occurrence of health problems, and improve the health status of these individuals who may be at a critical level of nutritional risk due to low-income and poor diet. The food packages consist of canned items (fruit, vegetables, meat or fish), bottled juice, shelf stable and instant dry milk, cheese, pasta or rice, dry beans or peanut butter and cereal.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) reaches seniors in their homes and gathering places; with dignity and uncomplicated paperwork, and a specific food package designed to supplement their diet and help them stretch their food dollars.
Ninety-seven percent (97%) of CSFP participants are senior citizens 60 years of age or older who fall at/or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline. The remaining program participants making up the Mothers, Infants, and Children (MIC) portion of the program have incomes based on 185% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline. To learn more about program eligibility and where to find a CSFP program in your state go to: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/csfp_eligibility.htm
- CSFP is our nation’s first food assistance effort with a monthly food package using USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) commodity foods to supplement insufficient diets by providing protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
- CSFP was created by Congress to address hunger in specific population groups in a way that mutually promotes agriculture policy and alleviates hunger through the use of food commodities acquired under government farm supports.
- CSFP is an important outlet for the food commodities supported under various farm programs. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a unique federal/state and public/private effort. The USDA uses its “buying power” to purchase specific nutrient-rich foods at wholesale prices for distribution to program participants.
- State agencies such as the Departments of Health, Agriculture, or Education provide administration and over-sight of the program, contracting with community and faith-based organizations to warehouse and distribute food, certify eligibility, and educate program participants. This unique collaboration also reaches homebound seniors with vital nutrition.
- CSFP promotes volunteerism utilizing approximately three million volunteer hours, hundreds of nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and locally raised resources.
- CSFP is available in 39 states, 2 Indian Tribal Organizations, and the District of Columbia. There are 7 new states that were granted approval for funding in fiscal year 2010 consisting of: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Utah.
For more information go to:
What is CSFP: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/pfs-csfp.pdf
Federal Fact Sheet: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/default.htm
CSFP Survey Results and Statistics:
The USDA food package average cost is approximately $20 per package. The retail value of each package is approximately $50.
CSFP senior program participants responded to a national survey conducted by the National CSFP Association to determine whether seniors make food choices based on personal preference, nutrition knowledge or on economic conditions. The most notable data was:
1) only one in four (25%) senior respondents on CSFP are simultaneously accessing food stamps
2) over 60% of senior respondents use money for medical bills and not food
3) over 50% of senior respondents said they ran out of food during the month
4) Of respondents living alone, more than half reported an income of less than $750 per month, and of those in a household of two, more than half reported an income of less than $2,000 per month.
CSFP Participation and Food Cost Data
The following reports show a breakdown by State of how many participants were served in each category (Seniors, Woman, Infants and Children). Additional months will be added when they become available: