Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Last Updated 04/21/17

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program that works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods by providing them with monthly food “packages.” CSFP food “packages” are intended to provide good sources of nutrients typically lacking in diets of the beneficiary population. The food “packages” include foods from the following categories: cereal, juice, protein, milk, peanut butter/dry beans, potatoes/grains, cheese, fruit, and vegetables.

The State of Hawaii first received approval to participate in CSFP in March 2015. Each year, the Office of Community Services (OCS) submits a CSFP State Plan for USDA approval (11/2016 State Plan). The CSFP State Plan specifies program details, including eligibility requirements:

  • Age:  participants must be at least 60 years of age
  • Income:  each applicant must provide documentation showing that their household income is at or below 130% of the US Federal Poverty Income Guidelines for the State of Hawaii
  • Residency:  applicants must provide documentation showing that they reside in the service area to which they area applying for
  • Each participant may receive CSFP benefits at one (1) distribution location

The Hawaii Foodbank has been serving as our pilot partner to provide CSFP services in the City & County of Honolulu. In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016, Hawaii received $178,871.00 in administrative funds and $536,252.29 in food value.

For FFY 2017, OCS requested and has been tentatively granted a caseload expansion, enabling CSFP to be provided statewide. As of January 2017, partial funding has been provided for CSFP through April 28, 2017. Starting March 2017, CSFP services are provided across Hawaii as shown below:

Service Area Agency Caseload:
Oct – Dec 2016
Caseload:
Jan – April 2017
Administration Funding
City & County of Honolulu Hawaii Foodbank
Contact:  Yvonne Shoda
Email:  yvonne@hawaiifoodbank.org
ph: (808) 836-3600 ext. 238
2,400 2,655 $99,310.66
Kauai County Hawaii Foodbank – Kauai Branch
ph: (808) 482-2224
225 $5,138.70
Maui County The Maui Food Bank
Contact:  Lynn Curtis
Email:  lynnc@mauifoodbank.org
ph: (808) 243-9500
540 $12,332.88
Hawaii County The Food Basket
Contact:  Claudia Wilcox-Boucher
Email:  Claudia@hawaiifoodbasket.org
ph: (808) 933-6030
1080 $24,665.76
 Total:  2,400 4,500 $141,448.00

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