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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE92 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Food Distribution Programs Improving Access and Parity 

This final rulemaking will amend regulatory provisions at 7 CFR 247, 7 CFR 250, 251, 253, and 254 to make access and parity improvements within several food distribution programs, including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and USDA Foods disaster response. The development of the proposed rule was informed by stakeholder feedback and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, including input from State and local agencies, advocacy organizations, and Tribal leaders. FNS published the proposed rule with a 60-day comment period and will consider comments received in development of this final rule.

Revisions to CSFP regulations (7 CFR 247) will focus on increasing access to the program for low-income seniors in need of program benefits. Revisions to USDA Foods disaster response regulations (7 CFR 250) will focus on clarifying the requirements for the use of USDA Foods in disaster situations.  Revisions to TEFAP regulations (7 CFR 251) will focus on improving access to the program by simplifying requirements for State and local program operators.  Revisions to FDPIR program regulations (7 CFR 253) will focus on aligning FDPIR eligibility requirements and improving parity with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Additionally, this proposed rulemaking will make technical corrections throughout program regulations. Conforming revisions will be made to 7 CFR 254. 


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 247    7 CFR 250    7 CFR 251    7 CFR 253    7 CFR 254   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2013    7 U.S.C. 7501    42 U.S.C. 5121   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/14/2023  88 FR 54908   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/13/2023 
Final Action  09/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael DePiro
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 305-2876

Maureen Lydon
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 457-7713