Resource | Policy Memos
Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Delayed Implementation of Revised Food Package Maximum Monthly Distribution Rates

On February 22, 2019, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced the implementation of significant revisions to the CSFP’s Maximum Monthly Distribution Rates. These revised Distribution Rates were scheduled to go into effect on November 1, 2019. However, due to USDA Food purchasing shortfalls and delivery delays, FNS is delaying the implementation date of the revised Distribution Rates. The revised Distribution Rates will now go into effect on February 1, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos
CSFP – Implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (PL 115-334)

On Dec. 20, 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) (PL 115-334) was signed into law. Section 4102 of the Farm Bill changes CSFP certification requirements outlined in 7 C.F.R. 247.16 effective immediately. As a result, states and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) are required to establish new certification periods of between one and three years for program participants. States and ITOs also have the option to permit their local agencies to issue temporary one-month certifications for applicants on waiting lists, as provided below.

Resource | Legislation
Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983

As Amended Through P.L. 115–334, Enacted December 20, 2018.

Making appropriations to provide productive employment for hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans, to hasten or initiate federal projects and construction of lasting value to the nation and its citizens, and to provide humanitarian assistance to the indigent for fiscal year 1983, and for other purposes. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-107
Donated Food Storage, Distribution, and Product Dating

This memorandum is meant to provide clarification and guidance on policies and procedures for donated food storage and distribution as they relate to product dating.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-093
Questions and Answers about Disaster Policies and Procedures (Revised)

This memorandum consolidates and clarifies select disaster/emergency policies and procedures applicable to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-104
Value of USDA Donated Foods for Audits

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to clarify the options available to state distributing agencies or recipient agencies in assigning value to USDA donated foods for audit purposes.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-142
Further Clarification on the Prohibition Against Explicitly Religious Activities As Part of TEFAP and CSFP Activities

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification on “explicitly religious activities” per 7 CFR Part 16 and provide specific examples related to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-141
Questions and Answers Related to the 7 CFR Part 16: Equal Opportunity for Religious Organizations Final Rule

This memorandum answers questions to assist state, local, and eligible recipient agencies in implementing the provisions of the Final Rule and is being released in conjunction with Policy Memorandum FD-142: Further Clarification on Explicitly Religious Activities.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-138
Written Notice and Referral Requirements for Beneficiaries Receiving TEFAP and CSFP Benefits from Religious Organizations

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the written notice and referral requirements for religious organizations that receive USDA Foods or administrative funding as part of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) or the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-118
Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status

The purpose of this memorandum is to outline the procedures for each food distribution program in addressing organizations that have lost tax-exempt status for failing to meet IRS filing requirements.