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Seniors Have An Opportunity to Receive Monthly Food Aid

By Katie-
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Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, is looking for eligible seniors, especially in Bucks County, to inquire about the USDA funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), 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/senior 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.

“Without food I can’t take my medication and without my medication, I don’t know where my health will stand,” said a senior citizen who receives a CSFP/senior box from Philabundance who wishes to remain anonymous. “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.”

“Over the last year, Philabundance has seen a 26% increase in need and 16% 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.”

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

For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit them on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow them on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance.

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