Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program (LA CSFP) is one of forty-three CSFP state programs nationwide, it is currently the third largest CSFP in the country.  As of 2012, our sole local agency, Food for Families/Food for Seniors, is allowed to serve a maximum of 68,085 clients each month.

Types of Clients Who May Receive CSFPThe CSFP is designed to improve the diets and health of low income persons at least sixty years of age.

The Food Packages

All food packages contain high protein, nutrient dense foods, specially selected in order to ensure that clients receive proper nutrition each month. All foods are top-quality, purchased especially for our program. These foods are donated to Louisiana by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are very similar to foods you would find in grocery stores. In many cases, CSFP foods come packed in the same boxes and bags as the popular brand-name foods found on grocery store shelves.

Senior citizens receive a food box each month containing the following:

  • canned meat, either boneless chicken, beef, pork, tuna, or beef stew
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • a box of breakfast cereal or a bag of grits, oatmeal, or farina (Cream of Wheat)
  • a two-pound block of American cheese
  • a two-pound package of either spaghetti, macaroni, or rice
  • Ultra High Temperature Shelf Stable 1% Milk
  • 1.8-pound box of non-fat dry milk every other month
  • a jar of peanut butter or a two-pound bag of dried beans
  • fruit juice

Nutrition Education

Clients learn about good nutrition in the following ways: 

  • tastings of recipes made with commodity foods
  • short talks about good eating and the importance of exercise
  • delicious, easy-to-make recipes using your commodity foods
  • senior clients receive "Dear Friends" nutrition newsletters in their boxes

Where can I get CSFP?

All residents of Louisiana who meet the income requirements and the other eligibility requirements listed above may participate in CSFP. Currently, CSFP operates food distribution operations in every parish in the State, with the exceptions of Plaquemines and Saint Bernard Parishes (as these parishes' populations return during the post-Katrina and post-Rita period, food distribution services will be resumed when and where appropriate. Residents of these parishes are allowed to participate in CSFP if they are able to travel to a food site in another parish. Persons who are interested in doing so should contact Food For Families/Food For Seniors at one of the telephone numbers listed below.

If you are a senior citizen and are unable to travel to one of our food sites, or lack friends, family, or neighbors who can go get your food box for you, you may be eligible for a volunteer to deliver your monthly food box to your home. Contact Food For Families/Food For Seniors to learn whether you are eligible for this service.

How do I sign up for CSFP?

Please visit the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Participant Preliminary Certification Webpage for more information on how to qualify for the CSFP program.


Call Food For Families/Food For Seniors on their toll-free line: 1-800-522-3333 or 1-225-357-9099. They will tell you where the closest food site to your home is, what the serving days and times are, and they will tell you if your household income qualifies you to be part of the program.

When you go to get registered at a food site, you will need to bring:

  • Proof of your address (such as a utility bill, phone bill, or driver's license)
  • Proof of your income (such as a check stub, award letter from Social Security or SSI, or check stub from one of those programs)
  • Proof of your age (a document listing your birth date, such as a birth certificate or a driver's license)

Can I get benefits from both CSFP and other nutrition programs at the same time?

Yes. You can receive benefits from CSFP and other nutrition programs. It is perfectly okay for the same person to receive both CSFP and:

  • Food Stamps (Louisiana Purchase card)
  • Quarterly commodities (foods from the Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP)
  • Congregate meals for senior citizens
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Foods from charitable food pantries, food banks, or soup kitchen

Can I get benefits from two different CSFP sites at the same time?

No. An individual may not receive food at two sites in the same month. Receiving more than one CSFP food box in the same month from two different CSFP site is illegal and may result in removal from the program, and a bill for the value of benefits illegally received.

For More Information:

Tamara Dangerfield, CSFP Manager
Nutrition Section, Louisiana Office of Public Health
628 N. 4th Street, Bin # 4
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(225) 342-8254


Families/Food for Seniors on their toll-free line: 1-800-522-3333 or (225) 357-9099 



Visit the Catholic Charities Food for Families/Food for Seniors Webpage.  

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.   

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter

addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:   

(1)  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

     1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;  

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

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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. 

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Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: 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: 

(1)          correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

     1400 Independence Avenue, SW

     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2)          fax: (202) 690-7442; o 

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