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.