Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), is designed to provide nutritious supplemental foods to low-income men and women age 60 years or older who have an inadequate diet.  Approximately, 6,000 participants receive CSFP benefits in Shelby County.  

 Who Is Eligible

To be eligible to participate in CSFP elderly must:

  • Live in Shelby County
  • Meet the income guidelines for benefits under existing Federal, State or local food, health or public assistance programs for low-income persons
For the elderly the guideline is at or below 130% of federal poverty.  

Elderly who are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), TennCare (Medicaid), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may also be considered income eligible.  However, elderly applicants must be assessed regardless of their participation in other programs to ensure income eligibility

Persons certified for CSFP may not participate in another CSFP Program during the same period of time.   However, CSFP eligibility does not affect participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

Participants are certified for six-month periods.

Income Guidelines
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines 2017-2018 ENGLISH
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines 2017-2018 SPANISH


What Does CSFP Provide

Eligible persons certified for CSFP receive these services:

  • Commodity foods to meet the nutritional and developmental needs of the population served;
  • Nutrition education, which emphasizes the relationship between nutrition and health, helps participants improve their nutritional status through optimal use of the supplemental and other foods, and assists participants in developing sound dietary habits which can be maintained; and
  • Referral to appropriate health care services.
Where Do I Apply

Call the Shelby County Health Department CSFP Program in your area at 222-9754.   Applicants are asked to present proof of identity, income, and residency for each person being screened for CSFP eligibility.  

2018 CSFP Truck Stops