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The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Women, infants, and 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. Through CSFP, USDA distributes both food and administrative funds to participating States and Indian Tribal Organizations.

Eligibility & How to Apply

This section provides a summary of the eligibility requirements for individuals interested in participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).


  • Participant Eligibility Requirements. Includes low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements. Women, infants, and children currently receiving CSFP benefits who were certified to receive such assistance on or before February 6, 2014 are also eligible to continue to receive assistance under the program rules in effect on that date, in accordance with the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79, the 2014 Farm Bill). As required by the 2014 Farm Bill, 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 other nutrition assistance programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

(Note: Eligible participants cannot participate in both WIC and CSFP at the same time.)

  • Income Eligibility Guidelines. These are the guidelines http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/CSFP_2014_Income_Guidelines.pdf used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying for participation in CSFP.

  • How to Apply. Contact your State distributing agency (SDA) for further assistance. The state of Maine’s contacts are listed below.




SFSP ContactWalter Beesley, Director ME Department of Education 23 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0023 Tel: (207) 624-6842 Fax: (207) 624-6841 Email: Walter.Beesley@maine.gov


CSFP Contact:  Jason T. Hall, Director Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Food and Rural Resources 333 Cony Road 28 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0028 Tel: (207) 287-7513 Fax: (207) 287-7524 Email: jason.t.hall@maine.gov