Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program - better known as CSFP- is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture (state level).
The USDA and Texas Department of Agriculture provides food and administrative funds to the Food Bank to supplement the diets of our most vulnerable population groups. The Food Bank then determines the eligibility of applicants, distribute the foods, and provide nutrition education. Program recipients receive a grocery bag of supplemental food every month of the year.
The CSFP program also requires us to give out health information twice a year. We also provide information on nutrition issues, food demonstrations, and recipes.
The South Texas Food Bank CSFP clients are elderly.
In order to qualify for the CSFP program you must:
- Be 60 years or older
- Apply in person
- Present proof of address
- Present proof of family income (i.e. pay stubs, income tax return, bank statements, etc.)
Participant Agreement-Rights Obligations:
The participants should be aware that:
- Information provided for eligibility is true and correct.
- Deliberate misrepresentation may subject to civil or criminal prosecution.
- A participant can appeal regarding their eligibility for the program.
- Participants are encouraged to participate in health services and nutrition education.
- If a person does not pick-up for two consecutive months will be dropped from program. Participants dropped may re-apply; however, they will be placed on the waiting list.
- The participant may assign one or two proxies to pick up their groceries in case they are unable to personally pick-up their food supplements.
- Participants must understands that the food provided is intended for their use only and may not be sold or given away.
What’s in the Bag?
The 28 to 30 lb bag provided to the participants each month contains the following*:
- 1 or 2 boxes of cereal or a bag of oatmeal
- 3 cans of evaporated milk
- 4 cans of vegetables (corn, peas, vegetable beans, sliced carrots, or diced tomatoes)
- 2 cans of fruits (unsweetened Applesauce, pears, peaches, or mixed fruits)
- 1 can of meat or chicken
- 1-2 lbs bag of rice
- 2 64oz fruit juice container
- 1 jar of peanut butter or bag of beans
- 2 lb bar of cheese
- 1 Bag of powdered milk (every other month)
* Assortment of items may vary according to availability.
Twice a year a calendar of pick-up dates and locations is provided to each participant that receives commodity each month.
For more information on this program ,please visit: www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/
Please note that due to high demand, there may be a waiting list for this program.
How to Apply?
If you are interested in the program or would like more information, please contact:
Juan Solis, Program Coordinator
Phone: (956) 726-3120
OR, visit us at 1907 Freight St., Laredo, TX 78041
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