The Commodity Supplemental Food Program(CSFP) - Kupuna Pantry

The Food Basket’s  “Kupuna Pantry,” is also known as The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Kupuna Pantry works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods. CSFP is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Food packages include a variety of foods, such as nonfat dry and ultra high-temperature fluid milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut  butter,  dry  beans, canned  meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.

In Hawai`i County, Kupuna Pantry distributes to 1,080 eligible participants 35 pounds of food per month at locations island-wide. To be eligible, participants must be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines and be 60 or older. Monthly income limits for a one-person household for 2017 are $1,502, or $2,022 for a two person household.