Southwestern Community Services

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides nutritious foods to income eligible seniors 60 years of age or older. CSFP foods are purchased by the US Department of Agriculture from national manufacturers, and are the same quality of name brand foods. Nutrition education and useful recipes are available to help plan meals using CSFP commodities.

CSFP Benefits

The CFSP program distributes food packages to local communities on a bi-monthly basis. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population. These packages can include a variety of foods, such as non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans or peas, canned meat or poultry or tuna, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Application and Contact Information

CSFP staff travels often in order to provide services for both Sullivan and Cheshire counties. The most convenient way to contact the program is to call 603.352.7512 ext. 4294 or 800.529.0005 ext. 4294 and leave a message on the program’s voicemail.

Calls are returned as promptly as possible, usually within 24 hours.

Income Guidelines

Income guidelines are updated annually. Below is the most current information regarding income eligibility. The Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, provides the following Guidelines:

Elderly CSF Program (130% Income Poverty Guidelines)

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $16,237 $1,354 $313
2 $21,983 $1,832 $423
3 $27,729 $2,311 $534
4 $33,475 $2,790 $644
For each additional family member add: $5,746 $479 $111

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax

(202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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