CSFP Frequently Asked Questions - Minnesota Department of Health

CSFP Frequently Asked Questions


Where are the CSFP foods distributed?

CSFP is distributed at more than 200 sites statewide. You, or someone you choose, will conveniently collect your food at a site in your county once every month.

There are five regional sites that coordinate distribution in each Minnesota county. You can contact the regional site that serves your county to find more information about distribution. Find contact information for your regional site on the CSFP Distribution Locations page by selecting your county.

What foods do CSFP participants get?

Participants receive an average of $55 worth of food each month. Some foods may vary, but Minnesota Senior Foods include:

  • Plant-based proteins such as lentils, canned beans, and peanut butter.
  • Beans provide nutrients like zinc that help the immune system work properly.
  • Whole grains such as dry cereal, brown rice, and rolled oats.
  • Dietary fiber may help lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Canned meats such as beef stew, beef chili with beans, chicken, tuna, and salmon in oil.
  • Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
  • Canned vegetables and fruits.
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
  • Dairy items such as shelf-stable fluid milk, dry milk, and locally made American cheese.
  • Dairy helps maintain healthy bones and teeth as you get older.

Who is eligible for CSFP?

You are eligible to participate in the CSFP if you:

  • Are 60 years or older.
  • Live in Minnesota.
  • Prepare your own meals and do not live in a facility that provides meals.

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Updated Wednesday, 11-Aug-2021 12:37:20 CDT