For the CSFP, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be seeking federal approval to waive the regulatory requirement that local agencies provide a food package to participants according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) required package components, effective immediately. Under the waiver, agencies will be able to provide food packages with as many foods as are available.
Local agencies that participate in CSFP help ensure eligible seniors do not experience a lapse in food security. Local agencies include community action agencies, non-profit organizations, and food banks that help feed communities in every part of Michigan. The waiver will allow local agencies added flexibilities in the food package to ensure seniors registered in the program continue to receive food to the extent possible.
For questions about Michigan’s CSFP resources and information about local agencies distributing emergency foods, contact Household Programs Consultant Liana Bennett at 517-241-5349 or BennettL4@michigan.gov.