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Healthy food packages for seniors

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) | NYS Department of Health

1. How it Works

CSFP provides healthy food packages to eligible low-income adults age 60 and older.

  • Once every month, you or someone representing you can pick up your food package at a CSFP distribution site.
    • Packages can include cheese, milk, rice, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables, fruits, chicken or fish, and more.
  • During summer, you can also get additional benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.
  • CSFP nutritionists also give cooking demonstrations and nutrition lessons.
  • Additionally, CSFP can connect you to health care and social service agencies.
  • You can get CSFP even if you are receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible, you should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you 60 years old or older?
  • Are you a New York State resident?
    • You do not need to be a US citizen to receive CSFP benefits.
  • Is your household’s total pre-tax income equal to or less than CSFP income requirements below?
Family size Income in a year Income in a month Income in a week
1 $16,744 $1,396 $322
2 $22,646 $1,888 $436
3 $28,548 $2,379 $549
4 $34,450 $2,871 $663
5 $40,352 $3,363 $776
6 $46,254 $3,855 $890
7 $52,156 $4,347 $1,003
8 $58,058 $4,839 $1,117
For each additional person, add: +$5,902 +$492 +$114

 

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3. What you need to include

You must have documents that prove your age, identity, New York State residency, and income.

Proof of age

One of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s or non-driver’s license
  • Social security card
  • Medicaid or Medicare card
  • Other documents that prove age

Proof of identity

Proof of New York State residency

Proof of income

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Get more information about CSFP from the NYS Department of Health.

Call 311

Ask about the “Commodity Supplemental Food Program”.

Call a CSFP site

The Bronx: 917-982-2564, Brooklyn: 718-498-9208, Manhattan: 212-566-7855

Visit a CSFP location

Visit a CSFP site near you to get help in person.

Last Updated Monday, December 6th, 2:08pm

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