Unfortunately, many seniors in our area are faced with the challenges associated with making difficult decisions such as paying for medicine or buying groceries. To help alleviate the stress of not knowing where a next meal may come from, the U.S.D.A. provides food items for distribution to low-income seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or CSFP.
The food provided is to supplement what seniors are able to purchase on their own or receive from other food assistance programs. The food boxes contain nutritious, nonperishable food items such as cereals, juices, canned fruits and vegetables as well as meats, grains, shelf-stable or evaporated milk and also fresh cheese.
Since 2010, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania has been a distributor of these U.S.D.A. commodities to low-income seniors. Second Harvest distributes over 30,000 boxes throughout eleven counties annually.
Qualifying seniors must be at least 60 years of age as well as fall within the income guidelines below:
*For each additional household member, please add $6,682 annually ($557 monthly or $129 weekly).
Participation in the CSFP requires advance registration. To see if you qualify or to register for the program, please contact Sean Kerins at 814-459-3663 x 111 or seniorfoodboxnwpafoodbank.org