Commodities Program

Program Description

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) is the state designated food bank for Northern Kentucky. With this designation, NKADD administers and oversees the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in our eight-county region. Together with our network of local food pantries we are able to distribute over 11,000 food packages for CSFP and over 900,000 pounds of food commodities for the TEFAP program annually.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a Federally funded program with the goal of improving the health of low-income individuals aged 60 or older. This is accomplished by supplementing their diets with a monthly package of nutritious foods to include fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federally funded program whose purpose is to provide supplemental food to low-income households. The amount of TEFAP commodities received in our region is based on the on the percentage of low-income households and the unemployment rate. Households whose total monthly income is less than 130% of the poverty level, the same scale used to determine eligibility for food stamps, may receive a monthly package of commodity foods. The TEFAP program also provides food to local soup kitchens. There is no income requirement to receive a meal at a soup kitchen.


Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
To receive a CSFP package, contact a local distribution site to become certified for the program. If the distribution site’s caseload is full, eligible persons may join the waitlist. Eligible participants will be asked to fill out a form certifying income and showing proof of age and residency, and this certification is valid for six (6) months. CSFP Participants are automatically eligible for the TEFAP program and may receive both one (1) time per month. 

Seniors (60 and over) based on 130 Percent Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (Effective 2-1-2023)

CSFP ELIGIBILITY (130% of Poverty)
Household SizeAnnuallyMonthlyWeekly
For Each Additional Family Member/Family Member Add$6,994$583$135

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

To learn more about TEFAP contact a distribution site or soup kitchen in your county. Please note that recipients can receive TEFAP commodities only one (1) time per month – multiple TEFAP site visits in the same month shall result in disqualification from program. There is no restriction on visits to soup kitchens.

Seniors (60 and over) based on 130 Percent Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (Effective 2-20-2023)

TEFAP ELIGIBILITY (130% of Poverty)
Household SizeAnnuallyMonthlyWeekly
For Each Additional Family Member/Family Member Add$9,953$830$383

Contact Information

For more information contact Amie Gosser at 859.283.1885 or by email at

TEFAP Providers
Action Ministries
Be Concerned
Brighton Center, Inc
Burlington Baptist Church
Care Mission, Inc.
Food Pantry of Carroll County
Covington Salvation Army
Helping Hands
Holy Spirit Outreach
Meeting The Needs
Needy Neighbors / Immanuel UCC
Newport Salvation Army
Pendleton County WAP
Sparta Baptist
St. John Lutheran
United Ministries
Warsaw Baptist

CSFP Providers
Brighton Center, Inc
Butler Baptist Church
Campbell Co. Senior Center
Clifton Heights
Colony Apartments
Covington Salvation Army
First Baptist Church
Food Pantry of Carroll County (distribution site at Carroll County Senior Center)
Florence Senior Center
Grand Towers
Sherman Full Gospel Church (distribution at Grant County Senior Center)
St. Aoysius Apartments
St. John Lutheran
St. Vincent de Paul
United Ministries
Walton Senior Center
City of Warsaw

Soup Kitchens
Henry Hosea House
Parish Kitchen

Downloadable Content / Resources

CSFP Participation Application
CSFP Participation Agreement
CSFP Cook Book
Civil Rights Poster

Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Food Distribution
Choose My Plate
National CSFP Association
Feeding America
Local Agency Web Applications Portal
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