The Wisconsin Department of Health Service's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) offers free, nutritious foods to low-income seniors aged 60 years and older. The monthly food package, worth about $35, is available at no cost to eligible individuals. The foods are intended to be a supplement and do not provide a complete diet.
CSFP is not the same as the nutrition program called FoodShare Wisconsin (formerly known as Food Stamps). The FoodShare Wisconsin website explains how to get FoodShare benefits. There is a separate page showing FoodShare contacts for Milwaukee County.
The USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program website provides additional detailed information.
Persons eligible for CSFP are aged 60 and older and whose monthly income is at or below $1,287 for a single person or $1,736 for a family of two (for larger families add $451 for each additional member).
The CSFP program is known locally as Stockbox or Cupboard Bound. Consult the service area map showing the 18 Wisconsin counties served by the program.
Call 2-1-1 to find the nearest food pantry and other resources.
Commodity foods are provided through USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. The food package was designed to meet a part of an individuals monthly food needs.
Additional Food and Nutrition Resources
- The Stockbox Cookbook, P-40155 (PDF) offers recipes using commodity foods available from CSFP.
- The DHS nutrition page has links to other food and nutrition programs and resources.
- The DHS food safety page offers tips on storing and preparing foods to avoid illness.