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CSFP Income Guidelines for 2012


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy

To: Commodity Supplemental Food Program Local Agencies

Number: USDA-CSFP-08-2012

Attention: Commodity Supplemental Food Program Administrator

Date: May 2012

Subject: Commodity Supplemental Food Program Income Guidelines for 2012

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service Memorandum, dated March 23, 2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) announces the publication of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Income Guidelines (IGs) for 2012, effective March 23, 2012.

Determining Eligibility of Individuals Applying for CSFP

The CSFP 2012 IGs are used by Local Agencies (LAs) to determine the eligibility of individuals applying to participate for the CSFP. The guidelines should be used in conjunction with Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Part 247. The guidelines contain the maximum income limits by household size used to determine eligibility for the CSFP.

7 CFR, Section 247.9(b)(1) establishes that household income limits for women, infants, and children must be at, or below, 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines published annually by the Department of Health and Human Services. This section further requires that LAs consider certain women, infants, and children as income-eligible, regardless of actual income, if they receive CalFresh benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Medicaid benefits.

7 CFR, Section 247.9(c) requires that elderly persons have a household income at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines in order to be eligible for the program.

The CSFP IGs for 2012 provided below must be implemented immediately and will remain in effect until notification of the IGs for 2013.

CSFP Income Guidelines–2012
Income Limits for Women, Infants, Children
Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $20,665 $1,723 $398
2 $27,991 $2,333 $539
3 $35,317 $2,944 $680
4 $42,643 $3,554 $821
5 $49,969 $4,165 $961
6 $57,295 $4,775 $1,102
7 $64,621 $5,386 $1,243
8 $71,947 $5,996 $1,384
For each additional household member, add: +$7,326 +$611 +$141
Income Limits for Elderly
Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $14,521 $1,211 $280
2 $19,669 $1,640 $379
3 $24,817 $2,069 $478
4 $29,965 $2,498 $577
5 $35,113 $2,927 $676
6 $40,261 $3,356 $775
7 $45,409 $3,785 $874
8 $50,557 $4,214 $973
For each additional household member, add: +$5,148 +$429 +$99

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Brook Asbury, CSFP Coordinator, by phone at 916-324-0579 or by e-mail at basbury@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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