Food Distribution Programs

The CDHS Food Distribution Program (FDP) works directly with households in need of food assistance throughout Colorado. USDA foods provided through the FDP are a nutritious form of food assistance that includes meats, fish, poultry, grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and beans.  The FDP relies on a partnership of the entire community; including the Food and Dairy Industry, Federal and State Governments, and Local Agencies for the ongoing success to meet the demands of our clients. 


And Justice For All Poster

Civil Rights

Institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are required to display the appropriate “And Justice for All” poster in their facilities where it can be viewed by customers. All “And Justice for All” posters must be displayed in a specific size: 11” width x 17” height. The PDF shared here is for the purpose of reference rather than for printing and display.

Download the Civil Rights PowerPoint Training for Household Programs (Volunteer Version)

Download the Civil Rights Training for Household Programs

 

USDA/FNS Commodity Alert System

The USDA foods alert system is free of charge to subscribers who self-register for email delivery of notices of food issues from the USDA.  To start the process of registering for USDA/FNS commodity alerts, click on the link below and follow the instructions provided.

For additional information about Food Distribution Food Safety, click here.

To sign up for USDA/FNS USDA Foods Alert Emails, click here.

Disaster Feeding

Preparing for natural disasters and emergencies is one of the most important charges of the government. Colorado Food Distribution Programs must always be ready for a wide range of natural disasters, including floods, wildfires, mudslides, drought and earthquakes. It is our responsibility to ensure that food is readily available to areas where people have been affected in the event of a natural disaster. 
 
When a disaster strikes, the USDA can authorize states to release food stocks to disaster relief agencies to feed people at shelters and mass feeding sites. In addition, in the event the President declares a disaster, states can also, with USDA approval, distribute USDA foods directly to households that are in need as a result of the declaration, typically for congregate feeding in emergency situations. USDA commodity foods on hand throughout the state are used during times of disaster emergency. The National School Lunch Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program are two of the USDA programs for which the FDP may call upon to secure stock of USDA foods to assist in an emergency.

Review the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Disaster Manual.

Disaster Feeding Guidance for USDA Foods


Household Programs - Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) & The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The CDHS FDP works with emergency feeding organizations throughout Colorado to provide households in need with food assistance. Two programs administered by this office are The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program, (TEFAP). Learn more about these programs on the USDA website.  
 
USDA foods are a nutritious form of food assistance that includes meats, fish, poultry, grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables and beans.  The FDP relies on a partnership of the entire community; including the Food and Dairy Industry, Federal and State Governments, and Local Agencies for the ongoing success to meet the needs of our clients.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP is a federally funded program that provides USDA foods to low-income seniors at least 60 years of age or older. The program works to improve the health of these low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.  

An individual must be 60 or older and meet the following income guidelines to be eligible to receive CSFP:

Household Size Senior (Maximum Monthly Household Income) Senior (Maximum Annual Household Income)
1 $1,316 $15,782
2 $1,784 $21,398
3 $2,252 $27,014
4 $2,720 $32,630
5 $3,188 $38,246
6 $3,656 $43,862
7 $4,124 $49,478
8 $4,592 $55,094
For each addl. family member, add: $468 $5,616

 

CSFP Resources

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP is a federally funded program that provides USDA foods to low-income households through a supplemental food box. The USDA foods are delivered to food banks across the state and then distributed to local food pantries and soup kitchens that distribute directly to the people. 

To be eligible to receive TEFAP foods, an individual or family must be enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
  • SNAP (formerly food stamps)
  • Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)
  • Aid to Needy Disabled (AND)
  • Aid to the Blind (AB)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid Eligible Foster Children 

    OR
     
  • Meet the specified income guidelines below: 
Household Size Maximum Weekly Household Income Maximum Monthly Household Income
1 $467 $2,023
2 $633 $2,743
3 $799 $3,463
4 $965 $4,183
5 $1,132 $4,903
6 $1,298 $5,623
7 $1,464 $6,343
8 $1,630 $7,063
For each addl. family member, add: $166 $720

TEFAP Resources


Household Program Resources for Business Partners

Here, you will find links to program specific information, including links to USDA Program Sites, commonly used agency forms, and other valuable resources.


Child Nutrition, USDA Foods for Child and Adult Care (CACFP) & National School Lunch Programs (NSLP)

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), established under the National School Lunch Act in 1946, is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Every school day the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nutritious meals to more than 28 million low-income children nationwide.

  • For children: NSLP provides nutritious meals that contain 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of necessary nutrients.
  • For parents: The program offers a convenient method of providing a nutritionally balanced lunch at the lowest possible price.
  • For schools: The program enhances children's learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well being. Studies have shown that children whose nutritional needs are met have fewer attendance and discipline problems and are more attentive in class.

In addition to financial assistance, the program provides donated commodity foods to help reduce lunch program costs.

Visit the Schools & Child Nutrition USDA Foods page to learn more.