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Healthy food 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 ages 60 and older. CSFP nutritionists also give cooking demonstrations and nutrition lessons. Plus, the program can connect you to health care and social service agencies.

  • Requires proof of identity, address, and income
  • You can get CSFP even if you are receiving SNAP
  • You, or someone representing you, will pick up the food once a month at one of the four distribution sites
  • Packages can include cheese; milk; rice, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables, fruits, meat, or fish; and more
  • United States citizenship is not required to receive CSFP benefits

2. Determine your eligibility

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

  • Are you a senior 60 years old or older?
  • Is your income equal to or less than program income requirements?

Family size

Income in a year

Income in a month

Income in a week

1

$16,237

$1,354

$313

2

$21,983

$1,832

$423

3

$27,729

$2,311

$534

4

$33,475

$2,790

$644

5

$39,221

$3,269

$755

6

$44,967

$3,748

$865

7

$50,713

$4,227

$976

8

$56,459

$4,705

$1,086

For each additional person, add:

+$5,746

+$479

+$111

Income eligibility is based on the total gross income (earned by the applicant and all members of the applicant’s household) before deductions are made for income taxes, employee social security taxes, insurance premiums, bonds, etc.

Seniors cannot be determined to be eligible for CSFP based on eligibility in other social service programs.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo ID
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Work I.D. with photo
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN
  • SNAP card with photo
  • Medicaid card, or medical referral form if the address is completed by the provider
  • Green Card

Proof of your income

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply in person

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the CSFP website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Call a CSFP site

The Bronx: 917-982-2564, Brooklyn: 718-498-9208, Queens: 718-523-2220, Long Island 516-623-4568

Visit a CSFP location

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