Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Bureau of Food Distribution

The Bureau of Food Distribution administers the following programs to help reduce food insecurity among Florida's most vulnerable populations:

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP) is available to low-income elderly persons are at risk for a number of nutrition-related illnesses. The CSFP provides supplemental food to qualifying Floridians in need. The division oversees the program for regulatory compliance and provides nutrition education and technical assistance.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides Floridians in need of emergency food assistance with nutritious products from USDA. The division works with food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit agencies to distribute food in areas of need.
  • The Food Recovery Program is a coordinated effort with Florida farmers, wholesalers, retailers, community action agencies and other food relief agencies to identify and receive unmarketable food and distribute it to those in need.
  • WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) provides participants in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program with coupons that can be used to purchase locally grown Florida fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers’ markets. The division recruits and trains Florida growers and works with the Florida Department of Health to distribute coupons to participants.
  • USDA Foods for Schools purchases food from American agricultural producers for use in school nutrition programs. The division assigns federal entitlement funds to NSLP sponsors. Sponsors request orders for USDA Foods through the division to supplement their school nutrition programs.