Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
In addition to providing clients with a monthly food package, CSFP offers clients guidance in preparing nutritious meals (including cooking demonstrations), nutrition and health information provided by nutritionists, and referrals to health care and social service agencies for other needed services.
CSFP provides more than 11,000 food packages each month to eligible Long Islanders at two sites in Freeport and Wyandanch and through a number of mobile units.
Since it began in September 1988, CSFP has distributed approximately two million packages of food to eligible women, children, and seniors throughout Long Island. CSFP is a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Certifiers at the CSFP permanent and mobile sites interview potential participants to determine whether they meet financial guidelines. After the initial certification, re-certification is required every six months. Participants can choose from a range of foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, powdered and evaporated milk, cheese, canned meats and fish, juice, rice, pasta, instant potatoes, hot and cold cereals, peanut butter, dried beans, and juice.
A number of mobile CSFP trucks make monthly stops throughout Long Island, making it easier for participants to pick up food. More than 90 stops are currently scheduled.
A nutritionist provides monthly cooking demonstrations in Nassau and Suffolk and offers suggestions for meal plans using CSFP food. To schedule a demonstration or to receive a telephone consultation, please call (631) 491 - 4166 or (516) 623 - 4568, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Eligibility and Fees
Eligibility is based on family size, age and income. Families participating in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program are not eligible. Please call for additional information. CSFP charges no fees.