Commodity Supplemental Food Program
To improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods, which are distributed through public and non-profit private local agencies such as food banks and community action organizations. Children who were certified and receiving CSFP benefits as of February 6, 2014, can continue to receive assistance until they are no longer eligible under the program rules in effect on February 6, 2014.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; H - Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Fiscal Year 2016
States have an assigned caseload of 619,000 in calendar year 2016, which includes 5,000 caseload slots for one new State, and received administrative funds totaling $45,854,000 in FY 2016 For FY 2016, program participation averaged 585,293 individuals monthly, including 584,929 elderly, and 365 children. States received administrative funds totaling $45,854,000.Fiscal Year 2017
States have an assigned caseload of 697,865 in calendar year 2017, which includes 5,000 caseload slots for one new State, and received administrative funds totaling $50,739,000 in FY 2017Fiscal Year 2018
Fiscal Year 2018: States have an assigned caseload of 728,552 in calendar year 2018, which includes 2,300 caseload slots for new State agencies, and received administrative funds totaling $54,873,125 in FY 2018.Fiscal Year 2019
States have an assigned caseload of 736,110 in calendar year 2019, which includes 7,558 caseload slots for new State agencies, and received administrative funds totaling $57,683,727 in FY 2019.Fiscal Year 2020
No Current Data Available.
Sec. 5, Pub. L. 93-86, 87 Stat. 249, as added by Sec. 1304(b)(2), Pub. L. 95-113, 91 Stat. 980 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 1335, Pub. L. 97-98, 95 Stat. 1293 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 209, Pub. L. 98-8, 97 Stat. 35 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 2(8), Pub. L. 98-92, 97 Stat. 611 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 1562, Pub. L. 99-198, 99 Stat. 1590 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 101(k), Pub. L. 100-202; Sec. 1771(a), Pub. L. 101-624, 101 Stat. 3806 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec 402(a), Pub. L. 104-127, 110 Stat. 1028 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 4201, Pub. L. 107-171, 116 Stat. 134 (7 U.S.C. 7901 note); Sec. 4221, Pub. L. 110-246, 122 Stat. 1886 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); Sec. 4221, Pub. L. 113-79, 7 U.S.C. 612c note).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Agreements are made between USDA and the State agency or an ITO recognized by the Department of the Interior or the appropriate area office of the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services.
To be certified as eligible to receive USDA Foods through the program, individuals must be at least 60 years of age. As required by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), women, infants, and children who apply to participate in CSFP on February 7, 2014, or later cannot be certified to participate in the program. Such individuals may be eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other nutrition assistance programs. States also establish income guidelines to determine program eligibility for all participants. For elderly persons, income guidelines must be set at or below 130 percent of Federal poverty income guidelines. For children who were certified and receiving benefits as of February 6, 2014, and whose enrollment has continued without interruption, separate income and adjunctive income eligibility standards continue to apply, based on program regulations. States may require that participants be at nutritional risk, as determined by a physician or local agency staff. States may also require that an individual reside within the service area of the local agency at the time of application for program benefits. However, States may not require that the individual reside within the area for any fixed period of time.
Participants are provided USDA Foods by local agency personnel or their designees. Costs are determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The State agency or ITO must require each agency that desires approval as a local agency to submit an application that contains sufficient information to enable the State agency to make a determination of eligibility for that agency, and which meets the requirements of CSFP regulations, at 7 CFR 247.7. This section requires local agencies to have tax-exempt status, or to have applied for such status. Individual participants may apply for program benefits at an approved local agency.
USDA Foods and administrative funds are awarded by the Department to State agencies in accordance with the priorities and funding formulas set forth in program regulations and legislation. State agencies, in turn, distribute USDA Foods and administrative funds to the local level.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
A determination will be made within 30 days of submission of a completed plan.
Local agency appeals: The State agency provides a hearing appeal procedure for a local agency adversely affected by a State agency action, if the action would adversely affect participation. Individual participant appeals: The State agency provides a hearing appeal procedure for any individual who receives an adverse action which may include the denial or discontinuance of program benefits, disqualification from the program, or a claim to repay the value of USDA Foods received as the result of fraud.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
USDA Foods and administrative grants are made to State agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) recognized by the Department of the Interior or the appropriate area office of the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services. These agencies distribute USDA Foods and funds to participating local public or private nonprofit agencies. Federal funding for administrative costs may only be used in making USDA Foods and nutrition education available to eligible beneficiaries.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
State agencies must monitor local agency performance to ensure local agencies are meeting all regulatory requirements.
Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements.
Each State agency must maintain accurate and complete records of all receipts and dispositions as detailed in 7 CFR 247.29(a). Records must be retained for 3 FYs from the end of the FY to which they pertain, or if they are related to unsolved claims, actions, audits or investigations until those activities have been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
USDA Foods are made available on an ongoing basis. Administrative funds are provided to States annually, each fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$54,873,125.00; FY 19 est $57,683,727.00; FY 20 est $57,683,727.00; FY 17$50,739,000.00; FY 16$45,854,000.00; - These funds are provided to State agencies for administrative expenses. States receive an administrative grant per assigned caseload slot.(Formula Grants) FY 18$183,246,875.00; FY 19 est $165,207,273.00; FY 20 est $187,316,273.00; FY 17$155,279,000.00; FY 16$173,152,000.00; - These funds are used for the purchase of USDA Foods to be used in CSFP.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
On average, $1,011,995 in appropriated administrative funding was allocated to each State for FY19. Funding ranged from $6,611 to $7,854,220 per State. For FY19, States received $78.70 in administrative funding per assigned caseload slot.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 247 is available without charge from the Department.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
: One new State with an approved State Plan was added to the program. In FY 16, 47 States, two Indian Tribal Organizations, and the District of Columbia participated in the program. The national average cost of a CSFP food package per person per month was $21.09 for children, and $18.28 for the elderly. There were 47 States, two Indian Tribal Organizations, and the District of Columbia participating in the programFiscal Year 2017
One new State with an approved State Plan was added to the program. In FY 17, 48 States, two Indian Tribal Organizations, and the District of Columbia participated in the program.Fiscal Year 2018
Three new state agencies with approves State Plans were added to the program in FY18. In FY18, 49 States, three Indian Tribal Organizations, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the program.Fiscal Year 2019
Alabama, the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in California were added to the program. In FY 19, CSFP is authorized to operate in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five ITOs, including Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, Red Lake in Minnesota, the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in California, and the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.Fiscal Year 2020
No Current Data Available