Cascade County Aging Services operates a USDA Commodities Supplemental Food Program under contract with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. Commodities is open to seniors 60 years of age and older who meet income requirements. Income limits change each year and are set at 130% of poverty level. The program distributes food packages to low income seniors to supplement their diets with nutritious USDA foods to improve their health and reduce food insecurity. To apply for services, please call 454-6990 to schedule your appointment. You must bring proof of income and a valid photo identification to your appointment to be certified for the program.
A typical Commodities Food Package will contain Dairy (cheese & shelf stable milk/powdered milk), Plant Based Proteins (peanut butter, dried or canned lentils and beans), Cereals (hot or cold), Pasta & Rice, canned Vegetables & Fruits, Juice, and canned Beef, Fish or Chicken. The recipient must take the full issuance, but they may donate or give away items the do not want. Participants cannot by law sell commodities and can be subject to federal penalties for doing so. Each month we facilitate the ability to give back by placing a Great Falls Food Bank Barrel in our parking lot for the items you do not wish to use.
Cascade County's program distributes one week a month on a set calendar that is put out each year in November/December and is good for the following year. Commodities are distributed at 1801 Benefis Court via a drive through system at the garage. Please follow signage on site to get into line to receive commodities. Distribution is on Tuesday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the following weeks:
Clients are recertified annually and must provide proof of income, valid identification and fill out a new application per USDA guidelines. Please remember to keep the annual letter you receive from Social Security or other pensions to aid in the recertification process as we cannot certify you without proof of income. Clients are reminded that they are to notify us within 10 days of any changes in address, phone number, marital status or income. If you have questions, please call our office at 406-454-6990.
CLIENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST REPORT CHANGES TO THEIR ADDRESS, HOUSEHOLD SIZE, INCOME WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE CHANGE BY FEDERAL REGULATION.
2022 Distribution Dates - Calendar
August 23-25 Recertification will begin in August. Schedule TBA.
In accordance with Federal Law and USDA policy this program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.