Food Distribution

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of persons 60 years or older by supplementing their diets with nutritious United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity foods. Eligible households receive a monthly distribution of food products, which may include cheese, milk, canned meat, plant-based protein, vegetables, fruits, grains, cereals and juices.

Eligibility

  • 60 Years of Age and Older
  • Households income at or below:
    • $1,473 per month for a household of one, or
    • $1,984 a month for a household of two
    • Call for information about larger households

Requirements

  • Knowledge of All Household Gross Income
  • Knowledge of Household Demographics (Household Size, Race, Ethnicity, etc.)
  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate, State ID, Drivers’ License, and/ or other legal forms)
  • Proof of Residency (Utility Bills, Drivers’ License, State ID, Home Ownership or Rental Agreements, and/ or other legal forms)
  • Please contact Kent County Community Action if you need more information or help with the requirements.

Registration Process

  • Provide all required documents and information (see Requirements)
  • An application must be completed and approved in order to participate in the program.
  • Registration can be completed on the day of the distribution
  • Please see our Distribution Locations & Information to find the closest site near you. Contact Kent County Community Action for more information and help with the registration process.

Day of Distribution

  • Registered clients must supply an Agency ID (Pink Card or White Postcard) and/ or State ID or Driver’s License (Note: Interested participants who are not registered please see Requirements and Registration Process section on how to become registered)
  • Registered clients who are not able to pick up their box may have a designated proxy pick-up on their behalf
    • A Proxy is pre-determined on the client application. For any updates, the client must contact Kent County Community Action to update the designated proxy prior to Day of Distribution
    • On the Day of Distribution, the registered client may designate a proxy by sending a signed note including the client’s name, address and household size authorizing the proxy (by name) to pick-up the food.

Best Practices

Food packages can be 50 pounds or more in weight, to help make it easier to transport some recommended practices include:

  • Pre-plan a mode of transportation
    • Motorized Vehicle (personal, friend, family, agency based, and/or other services)
    • Take the Bus
    • Other methods of travel (walk, wheel, cycle, etc.)
  • Pre-plan a method to transport the food package
    • Bring a cart
    • Bring extra bags
    • Bring someone to help get the food home or other assistive equipment

Distribution Locations & Information


  • Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD- 3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online by clicking here, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    • Mail
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    • Fax
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    • Email
      program.intake@usda.gov
  • Non-Discrimination Statement - Spanish

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA. , (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea aquí y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por: correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.