Food Distribution Unit (FDU)

The Food Distribution Unit (FDU) administers several food distribution programs throughout the State of California.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP provides United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities to a network of 48 food banks for distribution to eligible individuals and households within 58 counties.  In order to be eligible for USDA commodities, a recipient or household must reside in the geographical area being served and meet established income guidelines. 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) 

CSFP is a USDA program currently administered by the CDSS through nine local food banks.  The program is designed to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA approved foods. The CSFP is currently operated in California by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, San Francisco Food Bank, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, The Modesto Love Center, Community Action Partnership of Kern, California Emergency Foodlink, and FOOD Share, Inc.

 In addition, FDU also administers the following programs:

  • Drought Food Assistance Program
  • CalFood
  • Food for Families Fund (Tax Check-off)

Please visit the Subprograms & Information Page for more information on these programs



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