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Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) – ALICE in Centre County
ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county, sometimes referred to as the working poor.
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TEFAP-Best Practices to Minimize Food Waste
TEFAP State agencies and eligible recipient agencies work to feed those in need in part by facilitating the donation of food that may otherwise go to waste.
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Family Meals Matter
Family meals offer benefits for health, nutrition, and family life.
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CSFP

News & Notes

Welcome to this special edition of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) e-letter! We are pleased to devote this issue to informing you of the exciting changes to the CSFP Food Package that will be implemented in November 2019. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has worked with our CSFP state and local agency partners and with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to plan and deliver improvements that will benefit those who participate in this monthly food package program. The improvements better align with https://www.choosemyplate.gov/">MyPlate recommendations and allow CSFP providers to offer more variety and flexibility within each food package category. Some of the changes you will see include:

  • Double the amount of vegetables 
  • More protein, including plant-based proteins such as canned beans and lentils
  • Changing some foods to pack sizes that are more appropriate for small households and allow participants to receive a greater variety of foods
  • Changes that allow all food to be distributed on a monthly basis

View the CSFP Food Package Monthly Distribution Rates Effective November 1, 2019 to see all the details of what the food package categories and offerings will look like with these enhancements.

Please keep reading and click on the hyperlinks throughout this edition to learn more about the changes and resources available to help you prepare for the transition. 

CSFP Food

This photo shows what a sample CSFP food package could look like when the changes go into effect in November 2019.


Building a well-nourished Centre County

The Centre County Association of Food Banks was formed in 2000 to support the member food banks around the state and administer state-wide programs and contracts.  Our mission is to enhance the capacity of Centre Counties food banks in order to build a well-nourished community.

The main goal of the Association is to acquire and distribute fresh produce to our member food banks and their partner agencies.  Our Fresh Produce Initiative provides millions of pounds of food every year to the 7people who seek food assistance every month.