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Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity

Arizona Commodity Supplemental Food Program

  • There are recent changes in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
  • In February, Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 P.L. 113-79 (also known as the "Farm Bill") which changed the CSFP to serve only low-income seniors, ages 60 and over.
  • Women and children who receive CSFP services should contact their local agency to learn more about this change

The Arizona Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) [Food Plus] is a federally funded food distribution program that provides a once-a-month box of foods to participants. The foods are selected to improve the health people who are at least 60 years of age by providing supplemental healthy items that are high in protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. The benefits of this program include nutrition education, reduction of malnutrition, prevention of chronic diseases, and referrals to other nutrition and health care programs.

Participant Benefits

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Participant Benefits Include:

  • CSFP Food Package once a month that provides protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A and C
  • Food package consists of:
    1. Cereals (Hot or Cold)
    2. Bottled Juice
    3. Canned Meat - Beef, Chicken, Tuna or Salmon
    4. Non-fat Dry Milk
    5. 1% UHT Milk
    6. Peanut Butter or Dry Beans
    7. Pasta or Rice
    8. Cheese
    9. Canned Fruits
    10. Canned Vegetables
  • Referrals as needed
  • Opportunity to participate in Farmer's Market Programs

Nutrition Education

Nutrition information is provided to all CSFP participants. Nutrition education stresses the relationship between proper nutrition and good health. Special emphasis is placed on the nutritional needs of the client. The nutrition information assists the client in achieving a positive change in food habits to result in improved nutritional status. Use of supplemental foods enables the client to prevent nutrition related problems.

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