Journal Article The Role of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in Nutritional Assistance to Mothers, Infants, Children, and Seniors
Kenneth Finegold, Brendan Saloner, Joanna Parnes
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Each month, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides supplemental food packages to half a million women, children and seniors. This study looks at how CSFP operates, who participates, and how it fits into the overall food assistance landscape. It estimates that 2.9 million mothers, infants, and children meet eligibility requirements for CSFP but not for WIC. About 7.5 million seniors would be eligible if CSFP were available everywhere. In states where the program is widely available, more seniors participate in CSFP than in the Food Stamp Program. Use of volunteers, staff stability, and the small scale of operations contribute to CSFPs simplicity and accessibility.
Research Areas Aging and retirement Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Economic well-being Hunger and food assistance Assistance for women and children
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center