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Seniors Needed to Receive Monthly Food Boxes in Bucks County

Philabundance needs seniors in Bucks County to apply for CSFP/senior food boxes to ensure food stays in the county

PHILADELPHIA -March 21, 2012 – 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 get food staples. Philabundance needs eligible seniors to apply to ensure that the food stays in Bucks County.

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. 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.

Eligibility
Philabundance is looking for eligible seniors in Bucks County to inquire about CSFP food boxes. 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.

See eligibility chart, here.

About 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.  In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C,. 2025-9410 or call (866) 632-9992.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities an wish to communicate with USDA may call the Federal Relay at (800) 977-8339 (TTY) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/

About Philabundance
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through direct service programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).

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