Senior Food Program (CSFP)

To ensure the safety and health of our CSFP participants, the Shelby County Health Department has established a drive through service at its CSFP warehouse located at 1020 South Bellevue in response to COVID-19 until further notice.  For questions regarding CSFP contact a Public Health Representative at (901) 222-9750.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods.  To be eligible to participate in CSFP, elderly adults must live in Shelby County and meet the income guidelines.

CSFP Income Requirements: 

     CSFP Income Guidelines 2022

What Does CSFP Provide? 

Eligible persons certified for CSFP receive these services:

  • Commodity foods to meet the nutritional and developmental needs;
  • Nutrition education, which emphasizes the relationship between nutrition and health, helps participants improve their nutritional status through optimal use of the supplemental and other foods, and assists participants in developing sound dietary habits which can be maintained; and
  • Referral to appropriate health care services.                                                              

CSFP Food Packages

Food packages include a variety of nutritious foods, such as nonfat dry and ultra high-temperature fluid milk, juice, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. 

Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program 

During July and August, in addition to their regular food packages, seniors who participate in the CSFP program receive a total of $40 (eight $5 vouchers) which can be exchanged for fresh produce from approved vendors at farmer’s markets and community-supported agriculture. The goal of the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program is to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by seniors and to expand the awareness and use of produce grown by Tennessee farmers. Farmers benefit by selling more produce locally.

Senior Farmer's Market Shopper's Guide 

CSFP Truck Stops

The CSFP Program delivers food packages to recipients at a number of senior housing developments around Shelby County according to a regular schedule: 

CSFP Truck Stops Schedule

How do I apply for CSFP?

Call the Shelby County Health Department CSFP Program at 901-222-9750. 

Applicants can also apply in person at 1020 South Bellevue, Memphis, TN 38106.

Applicants are asked to present proof of identity, income, and residency for each person being screened for CSFP eligibility.