NH DHHS - New Income Guidelines for Commodity Supplemental Food Program Announced

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) announces that federal income guidelines for the Commodity

Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for seniors have increased, allowing

more low-income seniors to apply. CSFP currently reaches about 4,500

low-income seniors age 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income

guidelines are up to: $1,276 monthly for a senior living alone and $1,726

monthly for a family of two persons.

CSFP provides a monthly food box that includes canned meats, fruits,

vegetables, cereal, juice, pasta, rice, and cheese, plus recipe ideas on

how to use the foods in healthy recipes.

“Public health nutrition programs such as this provide important nutrition

services to low-income seniors who may have a difficult time finding

affordable healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables in the

summer months,” said Dr. José Thier Montero, Director of Public Health at

DHHS. “By providing these foods and nutrition education to seniors, we hope

to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and


During the summer months, seniors enrolled in CSFP will also receive fresh

locally grown fruits and vegetables, through the Seniors Farmers’ Market

Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack

Counties, Inc., administers SFMNP under a contract with the Department of

Health and Human Services and offers the program statewide at more than 60

sites in New Hampshire.

Seniors 60 years and older who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to

call the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Section at 1-800-942-4321 to

learn how to apply for CSFP and SFMNP services in their community. Visit

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/csfp.htm  or

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/healthyrecipescooking.htm  for more

information and healthy recipes.

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