National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association

What is the NCSFPA

Mission Statement:

The National CSFP Association mission is to provide leadership in program advocacy, accountability, delivery of healthy foods and nutrition education.

The purpose of the NCSFPA is to:

  1. Function as the representative body of the CSFP community, embodying the collective interest of the Association members and their constituents
  2.  Link CSFP local and state agencies in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture in a national forum
  3. Promote the CSFP as an effective means for improving the health and nutritional well being of low income pregnant and post-partum woman, infants, children and seniors
  4. Provide a national network through which resources, policies, procedures and models of creative programing can be communicated to persons working within the CSFP community

The work of the NCSFPA is accomplished through an all volunteer Board of Directors and Association members  who work together on various committees (standing committees and Ad Hoc). The following are a few of the sub committees and their highlights:

1 .Education Committee: participates in development and implementation of regulatory and legislative policy as it affects the NCSFPA. Highlights for 2013 included:

  • Worked with our consultant by attending meetings on Capitol Hill to maintain funding for FY2017 at $236.120 million for 47 states, DC and 2 tribal organizations
  •  Campaigned for additional funding to add 3 new states that have USDA approved state plans
  • Campaigned for additional funding to increase caseloads in existing states

2. Nutrition Committee: makes recommendations regarding nutrition policy and conducts food package reviews such as:

  • Replaced evaporated milk with 1% low-fat UHT milk
  • Currently working on a revision of the CSFP cookbook, including updating recipes with new commodities and removing commodities no longer available
  • Conducted nutrition seminars at the annual conference
  • Conference calls with representatives of the USDA

3. Marketing Committee: looks for innovative ways to improve communication between members and our constituents. Highlights for 2013 include:

  • Creation of  Facebook Page (The National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association) for members to post and share ideas and success stories within CSFP
  • Updating the association website to link members directly to your elected officials for easier advocacy campaigns
  • Publishing the quarterly E-Newsletter for Association Members
  • Implementation of Survey Monkey to gather important information from the NCSFPA membership and the CSFP participants

The Marketing Committee in conjunction with the Education Committee and Nutrition Committee has put together an informational brochure giving an overview of the NCSFPA and CSFP which can be used for Hill visits and meeting with local officials. The brochure is designed to be printed on double sided 8.5 x11 inch paper and folded as a trifold. Each page is listed below as a separate PDF file:

NCSFPA Brochure Page 1

NCSFPA Brochure Page 2

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