PHILADELPHIA -January 31, 2012 – Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, works with the USDA to provide eligible seniors with Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) boxes, monthly food boxes that provide seniors with 30 pounds of shelf-stable food. A CSFP/senior box provides vital nutrition to the vulnerable senior population who are on fixed incomes and often struggling to make ends meet.

There are more than 144,000 seniors at risk of hunger in the Delaware Valley that may qualify for the CSFP boxes.  Boxes contain canned and boxed food including vegetables, fruit, juice, pasta, milk, cereal, canned meat and a non-meat protein. Each box is also accompanied by fresh cheese. Philabundance is able to provide more than 9,100 CSFP/senior food boxes each month to eligible seniors throughout the Delaware Valley. Philabundance is looking for eligible seniors to apply to receive a CSFP/senior box. Interested seniors should call 1.800.319.Food (3663) to be directed to a CSFP/senior food box location near them.

“Without food I can’t take my medication and without my medication, I don’t know where my health will stand. How am I supposed to choose between the two? Receiving my monthly box allows me to have both so I don’t have to make these types of decisions,” said a senior citizen who receives a CSFP/senior box from Philabundance who wishes to remain anonymous.

“Over the last year, Philabundance has seen a 26 percent increase in need and 16 percent of those we serve are senior citizens,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Seniors on fixed incomes are one of our most vulnerable populations and CSFP/senior boxes are great resources to help them put food on their table and get the nutritious food they often need.”

Philabundance is reaching out through senior centers and residential buildings, food pantries, social service agencies and anyone serving the senior population to try to create greater awareness of the CSFP/senior box program among individuals 60 years-of-age or over in need of food assistance in the Delaware Valley. Pennsylvania has the second highest population of seniors in the U.S. after Florida.

To qualify for the program, participants must be 60 years or older and have an income that is at or below 130 percent of the poverty line (see income eligibility below). Interested seniors should call 1.800.319.Food (3663) to be directed to a CSFP/senior food box location near them.

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