Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The goal of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is to improve the health of elderly people, at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with nutritious United States Department of Agriculture foods and providing nutrition education resources.

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) manages CSFP, receiving food and operational funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for distribution to 13 CSFP lead contractors and 27 counties throughout the state.

While CSFP provides a steady stream of nutritious food, the program is not offered in all counties due to federal funding limits. WSDA typically leverages the current TEFAP distribution system for the distribution of CSFP via food pantries and other food assistance providers.

The food packages provide clients with almost 28 pounds of critically needed food each month. Participants receive real food and not food vouchers. The focus is on nutritional supplementation and provides a variety of fruits, vegetables, healthy juices, dairy, potatoes, cereal, rice, and protein.

Federal funding and food are received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and re-authorized every 5 years through the Farm Bill. The state applies for the program and is allotted caseload based on available federal funding and state caseload participation levels. The majority of the funds are passed through to lead contractors. The food received is based on caseload levels and nutrition package cost per person. 
WSDA contracts with lead contractors which are responsible for program operations at the county level. A lead contractor may be responsible for one or more counties. WSDA is responsible for the selection of CSFP lead contractors. As CSFP expands to new areas, WSDA will discuss where the program will be most effective, for more information, contact us. 

Eligible providers, typically food pantries, apply directly to their lead contractor for consideration to participate in the program. At a minimum:

  • Providers must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have submitted an application to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting tax-exempt status.
  • Providers must agree to abide by all applicable federal and state requirements, program policies and procedures, including but not limited to: submit required reports, including monthly inventory, practice nondiscrimination in providing services; and not require participation in religious ceremonies or charge fees for services.

Find the Form or Policy you Need. 

Find State and Federal CSFP Policies and Procedures.
Find all required forms for CSFP Contractors and Subcontractors.
Find senior specific nutrition resources to provide your participants.

Changes Coming Soon to CSFP Food Package

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) has made enhancements to the CSFP food package beginning November 1, 2019. Changes to the food package were implemented to provide clients with more variety and flexibility and to better align with and current nutrition guidance.
  • Double the amount of vegetables
  • More protein, including plant-based proteins such as canned and dry beans
  • More options within each food category, such as brown rice and soup
  • Smaller package sizes of rice, oatmeal, grits, dry beans, and non-fat dried milk that are more appropriate for small households and that allow for greater variety.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is an equal opportunity provider.