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Notification of Discontinuance in the CSFP

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy

To: Commodity Supplemental Food Program Local Agencies

Number: USDA-CSFP-04-2012

Attention: Commodity Supplemental Food Program Administrator

Date: March 2012

Subject: Notification of Ineligibility or Discontinuance in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Reference: Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 247.15 and 247.17

This Management Bulletin (MB) disseminates the notification of ineligibility and discontinuance requirements for participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

Notification of Ineligibility and Discontinuance

Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Section 247.15 requires that local agencies notify applicants of their ineligibility for the CSFP within 10 days from the date of application. The written notification explains why the applicant is not eligible and must include the following information:

  • A statement that includes the individual’s right to a fair hearing to appeal the decision
  • A statement informing the applicant that program standards are applied without discrimination by race, color, national origin, age, sex, and/or disability

In addition, 7 CFR, Section 247.17 requires that if a local agency has evidence that a current participant is no longer eligible for CSFP benefits, they must provide a written notice of discontinuance to the participant at least 15 days before the effective date of discontinuance.

Notification Procedures

Authorized staff at the local agency are responsible for determining the eligibility or ineligibility of CSFP applicants and participants. If the local agency determines that the individual is ineligible for the CSFP, or has evidence that a current participant is no longer eligible for the CSFP, the local agency is required to fill out the Notification Letter for Ineligibility or Discontinuance for the CSFP available on the Commodity Supplemental Food Program Web page at

Local agency staff must note the following information:

  • Date of notification
  • Effective date of discontinuance (for current participants)
  • Applicant’s/Participant’s name
  • The reason(s) for ineligibility or discontinuance
  • The local agency staff’s signature and title

Applicants and participants have the right to appeal any decision made by the local agency regarding denial or termination of the CSFP through the fair hearing process. To ensure that applicants and participants understand their rights, a signature from the applicant/participant is required on the bottom of the form.

The local agency is required to keep a copy of the notification letter, which shall be retained for a period of three years, in accordance with 7 CFR, Section 247.29(a).

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Irene Boubalos, CSFP Program Consultant, by phone at 916‑229-3343 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 30, 2017
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