2010-05-20 / Family

Commodity Supplemental Food Program Delivers Free Food

Seniors who struggle to put food on the table may qualify for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). CSFP is a monthly supplemental food program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administered in 26 central Pennsylvania counties by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Each month, a CSFP food package will be available to income-qualified senior citizens aged 60 years and older. “Because so many seniors live on fixed incomes, they often find themselves choosing between food or medicine – or other necessities. The CSFP program will provide nutritious food that is designed to help seniors living on a limited income,” said Carolyn Fansler, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank CSFP coordinator. The monthly food package will contain items like cereal, evaporated milk, juice, pasta, peanut butter, cheese and canned fruits and vegetables. More than 147,000 pounds of nutrient-rich food will be distributed by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank each month.

To participate in the program, you must register in advance. Applicants must present verification of age, address and household income to register and may only sign up once.

For more information on participating in CSFP, call the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank toll free at 1-877- 999-5964 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a not-forprofit organization that is able to reduce hunger in 26 counties across Pennsylvania, by working with nearly 500 program partners to provide food to 35,000 people in need every week. For more information on the Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit www.centralpafoodbank.org

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