Commodity Supplemental Food Program

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The Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of participants by supplementing their diets with nutritious U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity foods. The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and funded by the USDA.

The population served by CSFP is similar to that served by USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), but CSFP also serves older persons (age 60 and above), and provides food packages rather than the checks that WIC participants receive. Eligible women, infants and children cannot participate in both WIC and CSFP at the same time.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) manages the food ordering process. The six Feeding America Food Banks in Missouri receive, warehouse, and package the commodities. They partner with local organizations to determine the eligibility of applicants, distribute the food packages, and provide nutrition education.

The Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program State Plan is available for public review.

Click here to check recent food recalls. The one-stop shop for U.S. Government recalls is: http://www.recalls.gov. Sign up to get free email notifications of all food recalls. Follow these few steps and you will receive an instant acknowledgement of your subscription from the Dept. of Health and Human Services:

  1. Log on to http://www.recalls.gov
  2. Click on the Food tab at the top.
  3. Click on “Sign Up for Free Recall Updates by E-Mail” (in red toward top of page)
  4. This takes you to the Dept. of Health and Human Services signup page, where you will:
    1. Enter and confirm your email address; Save and on the next screen
    2. Check the box titled FoodSafety.gov Recalls and Alerts under the FoodSafety.gov Updates section.