FOOD AID TO LOW-INCOME SENIORS IN PA AND THE DELAWARE VALLEY GETS BIG BUMP
Philabundance wants 575 more Delaware County seniors to receive CSFP senior food boxes
PHILADELPHIA –September 16, 2010 – The USDA funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides seniors with monthly food boxes, expansion has made great strides in the Delaware Valley since March 2010. The expansion aims to assist a total of 18,945 more seniors in PA in 2010. Philabundance is now serving 8,952 seniors a month in the Delaware Valley, up from 3,623 seniors before the expansion. Philabundance still needs 575 more seniors to sign up from Delaware County by September 30th in order to meet the programs deadlines.
Philabundance is looking to sign up 575 new Delaware County seniors for CSFP food boxes (CSFP food) by September 30th, in order for the food to remain in Delaware County. 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 food box location near them.
Boxes are approximately 30 pounds and 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 packs and delivers CSFP food boxes on a monthly basis to locations across the greater Philadelphia area. Philabundance is able to provide 575 more seniors with CSFP food boxes.
“Signing up 575 new seniors by September 30th is challenging, but Philabundance is working to meet the goal,” said Bill Clark, President and Executive Director of Philabundance. “We are doing aggressive outreach through Delaware County to sign-up seniors and senior centers, so that individuals aged 60-years and over can receive the much needed monthly CSFP food boxes to help them put food on their table.”
Philabundance is reaching out to senior centers and residential buildings, food pantries, social service agencies and anyone serving the senior population to try to reach our goal of distributing 1,107 boxes every month to individuals 60 years-of-age or over in need of food assistance in Delaware County. Pennsylvania has the second highest population of seniors in the U.S. after Florida. The Pennsylvania Association of Regional Food Banks (PARF) was tasked with allocating the increase in caseload for CSFP. PARF is overseeing the certification process for the 18,045 new eligible seniors who are eligible to participate in the expansion of CSFP.
CSFP is a federally funded program, which works to improve the health of elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups. http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/
Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2009, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org
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