Food Distribution Programs

  • The Food Distribution Program staff has administrative responsibility for the receipt and distribution of USDA Foods and funds that are supplied by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recipients include schools, residential child care institutions, summer camps, and low-income households in need of nutrition assistance. The annual value of the food purchased for Michigan by the USDA for distribution to schools is over $32 million and over $37 million for household programs. The School Food Distribution Program is available to schools and agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The household programs administered by the Food Distribution Unit include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The CSFP is designed to improve the health of low-income elderly persons, 60 years and older, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA donated foods. TEFAP supplements the diets of low-income persons of all ages, including elderly people, by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance.

    Updated USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    June 2013 

    “The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) 

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at USDA/Complaint filing, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or by email

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). 

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”