Benefit Details
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

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. Women, infants, and children who were certified and receiving CSFP benefits as of February 6, 2014, can continue to receive assistance until they are no longer eligible under the program rules in effect on February 6, 2014.

CSFP is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through CSFP, USDA distributes both food and administrative funds to participating States and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs). CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population.

General Program Requirements

To be certified as eligible to receive USDA Foods through the program, individuals must be at least 60 years of age. As required by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), women, infants, and children who apply to participate in CSFP on February 7, 2014, or later cannot be certified to participate in the program. Such individuals may be eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other nutrition assistance programs.

States also establish income guidelines to determine program eligibility for all participants. For elderly persons, income guidelines must be set at or below 130 percent of Federal poverty income guidelines. For women, infants, and children who were certified and receiving benefits as of February 6, 2014, and whose enrollment has continued without interruption, separate income and adjunctive income eligibility standards continue to apply, based on program regulations.

States may require that participants be at nutritional risk, as determined by a physician or local agency staff. States may also require that an individual reside within the service area of the local agency at the time of application for program benefits. However, States may not require that the individual reside within the area for any fixed period of time.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance. A list of State Contacts may be found on the Food Distribution website.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP's) homepage.

You may also email us at FDD-PSB@fns.usda.gov.

Additional Information

Length of Program:None
Tribes Funded by this Program:2
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate):States had an assigned caseload of 604,000 in calendar year 2015.
Entities Eligible for Grant Assistance:Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal/Native Entities, Non-Tribal/Non-Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility:No Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?:Yes -- Tribes compete with 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Type of Assistance Provided:Grant
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes:No
Funding Type:Discretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:10.565
Matching Funds Required:No
Can the funding from the program be renewed:Yes
Community Food and Nutrition Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The goals of the Community Food and Nutrition Program are:

1) To coordinate private and public food assistance resources to better serve the food and nutrition needs of low-income populations
2) To assist low-income communities to identify potential sponsors of child nutrition programs in under-served or unserved areas
3) To develop innovative approaches at the State and Local level to meet the nutrition needs of low-income individuals, including displaced workers, elderly people, children, and the working poor and other low-income individuals

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must characterize your financial situation as low income or very low income .

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

For more information please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs
Consolidated Health Centers
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

Health Centers offer access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services to medically unserved and underserved populations.  Federally funded health centers offer services to the general community, as well as specific special populations including: migrant and seasonal farmworkers, homeless, public housing residents, and school aged children.  Services are provided to all residents of the service area without regard to an individual's ability to pay. 

General Program Requirements

All people are eligible to receive health care services at a federally funding health center.  Health centers funded through the Consolidated Health Centers (CHC) Program are required to provide services to all individuals regardless of ability to pay.  Federally funded health centers also must provide a schedule of discounts corresponding to established charges for individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information on how to apply, please visit:
http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/hpsas/primarycareoffices.html

Program Contact Information

For more information about the Consolidated Health Centers Program, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov
To locate a service delivery site in your area, visit: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
To speak with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the CHC program, call: 301-594-4300
Or write to: 5600 Fishers Lane, 17-61 Rockville MD 20857
Florida Food Assistance Program (formally known as Florida Food Stamp Program)
Managing Agency Florida http://www.myflorida.com

Program Description

The Food Assistance Program helps ensure that eligible low-income families and individuals are able to obtain a nutritious diet. Food Assistance benefits are intended to supplement other household income and may only be used to purchase food. Other household items such as cleaning supplies, paper goods, clothes, alcohol or tobacco products may not be purchased with Food Assistance.

Food Assistance recipients are able to purchase their food by using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This card may be used at any retail store authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The amount of benefits received is based on the household size and financial circumstances.

All individuals who purchase and prepare food together are considered a family group for Food Assistance purposes and must have their eligibility determined together.

To be eligible for Food Assistance family groups must have income and assets below the program standards. After adding all the family groups gross income, the case manager will make deductions to the family groups income. These deductions may include, but are not limited to, shelter (rent, mortgage or utilities), childcare or medical expenses.

Other technical factors must be met for a family to be eligible for Food Assistance. These technical factors may include:

  1. Work registration, having a job or looking for work
  2. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement
  3. Citizenship or an eligible non-citizen status with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and
  4. Florida residency

General Program Requirements

Most households must pass a gross income limit at 200 percent of the Federal Income Poverty Guidelines (FIPG).

Households with a member disqualified for breaking Food Assistance Program rules, felony drug trafficking, running away from a felony warrant, or not participating in a work program must meet a gross income test at 130 percent of the FIPG. Households with or without a disqualified member must have net income less than 100 percent of the FIPG. Households with people who are, age 60 or older or disabled must only meet the net monthly income limit. Some household expenses may be subtracted from the total monthly income in the food assistance budget. The budget may subtract for shelter expenses, dependent care, medical, child support paid, standard deductions, and earnings. Most food assistance households may have assets such as vehicles, bank accounts, or property and still get help. Households with a disqualified member must meet an asset limit of $2,000 or $3,250 effective October 1, 2011, (if the household contains an elderly or disabled member.)

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For detailed pre-screening and application information, visit:
http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

Program Contact Information

Florida Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Florida http://www.myflorida.com

Program Description

Florida's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides grants to local governments and non-profit agencies to assist eligible low-income Florida households in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling. The majority of the funds are used for utility payment assistance.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can assist customers pay their home energy expenses. The program has three categories of assistance: home energy assistance, crisis assistance, and weather related or supply shortage energy crisis assistance. Each category has unique requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Florida and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To get an application and to find out how and where to apply for help, contact your local LIHEAP provider.

Look for the county in which you live- the agency's name, address and telephone number will be located below the name of the county. Call that agency and they will help you with the application process.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the LIHEAP homepage.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, and, if the state chooses, to weatherize homes.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Information about how to contact each office can be obtained at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap-state-and-territory-contact-listing

For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number:
1-866-674-6327

Program Contact Information

For more information about LIHEAP:
You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
You can:
  • Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327
  • send an e-mail to:energy@ncat.org
  • or you can contact your State's LIHEAP office

A list of frequently asked questions about LIHEAP is also available at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/resource/consumer-frquently-asked-questions
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education including breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals, and access to health and social services, at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

General Program Requirements

Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants, and children up to 5 years of age are eligible if they are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutritional risk and meet state residency and income requirements.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find out if you may be eligible for WIC benefits, complete the WIC Prescreening Tool. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Haitian, Creole, Korean, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese. It provides information on how to apply for WIC benefits to those who may be eligible.

For more information about how to apply for WIC benefits, contact your state agency. A list of State agencies can be found on the WIC Contacts page. A list of toll-free numbers can be found on the WIC State Agency Directory page.

Program Contact Information

For more information visit FNS's WIC homepage.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.

General Program Requirements

To be eligible for SNAP most households must meet certain resource and income limits. A household with an elderly or disabled household member need only meet the net income limit.

Visit SNAP's eligibility page to find out more about eligibility requirements and how benefits are computed. To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, you may also use FNS's SNAP pre-screening tool.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Learn if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP, through using this list of 10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag Through SNAP.

To see if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits, use SNAP's pre-screening tool.

Program Contact Information

Please visit SNAP's Contact Us page to find many ways to get in touch with your local SNAP office.

You can also find the nearest local office by calling your state's SNAP hotline.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchase a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to state distributing agencies. The amount of food each state receives out of the total amount of food provided is based on the number of unemployed persons and the number of people with incomes below the poverty level in the state. States provide the food to local agencies, including Indian Tribal Organizations and other Tribal and Native entities, that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn distribute the food to local organizations, such as soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public. States also provide the food to other types of local organizations, such as community action agencies, which distribute the foods directly to low-income households.

General Program Requirements

1. Public or private nonprofit organizations that provide nutrition assistance to low-income Americans, either through the distribution of food for home use or the preparation of meals to be served in a congregate setting, may receive food as local agencies.

They must also meet the following criteria:
  • Organizations that distribute food for home use must determine household eligibility by applying income standards set by the state.
  • Organizations that provide prepared meals must demonstrate that they serve predominately low-income persons.


2. Households that meet state eligibility criteria may receive food for home use. States set income standards, which may, at the state's discretion, be met through participation in other existing Federal, state, or local food, health, or welfare programs for which eligibility is based on income. States can adjust eligibility criteria to ensure that assistance is provided only to those households most in need.

3. Recipients of prepared meals are considered to be low-income and are not subject to a means test.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Since this program is administered at the State level, we suggest that you contact your State Distributing Agency for more information about TEFAP.

Program Contact Information

Additional Information

Entities Eligible for Grant Assistance:Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal/Native Entities, Non-Tribal/Non-Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility:Tribes Only Eligible for Passthrough/Subgrants
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?:Yes
Type of Assistance Provided:Direct Assistance, Grant
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes:No
Funding Type:Discretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:10.5568, 10.596
Matching Funds Required:Yes
Can the funding from the program be renewed:Yes