MDE to Request Federal Waiver for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

December 3, 2020

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today that it will request a waiver of federal statutory and regulatory requirements in the federal commodity supplemental food program (CSFP), in accordance with federal guidance.  

MDE is requesting the waiver on behalf of all CSFP local agencies determined to be in good standing in the state of Michigan.  

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 area of our state. The waiver would give local agencies added flexibilities in the food package to ensure that seniors registered in the program continue to receive food to the extent possible.

MDE will be seeking federal approval to waive the regulatory requirement that local agencies provide the components in food packages to participants required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective immediately. Under the waiver, agencies will be able to provide food packages with as many requirements as are available through the USDA supply chain.

For questions about Michigan’s CSFP resources and information about local agencies distributing emergency foods, please contact MDE’s household programs consultant Liana Bennett at 517-241-5349 or BennettL4@michigan.gov.