Commodities

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 is 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 late December and is good for the following year.  Commodities are distributed at 1801 Benefis via a drive through system at the garage.  For 2020, distribution is on Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the following weeks:

  • January 14-17
  • February 11-14
  • March 17-20
  • April 14-17 
  • May 19-22
  • June 16-19
  • July 21-24
  • August 18-21
  • September 22-25
  • October 20-23
  • November 17-20
  • December 15-18