Healthy food for seniors

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

1. How it Works

CSFP gives healthy food to low-income seniors. People in the program get a monthly package of fruit, vegetables, meat or fish, pasta or rice, and cereal. CSFP gives advice on cooking and nutrition. CSFP can also connect you to health care and social services.

  • 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

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.

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 $15,444 $1,287 $321.75
2 $20,832 $1,736 $434
3 $26,208 $2,184 $546
4 $31,596 $2,633 $658.25
5 $36,972 $3,081 $770.25
6 $42,360 $3,530 $882.50
7 $47,760 $3,980 $995
8 $53,160 $4,430 $1,107.50
for each additional person, add: $5,412 $451 $112.75

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

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 by phone

Call a food distribution site near you for application information.

Apply in person

Collect your documents and take them to a CSFP site near you. You can call ahead to verify the types of documents are recommended.

Find a site

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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.

Updated March 22, 2018