PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS

COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) aims to improve the health and nutritional well-being of elderly individuals, 60 years and older, who are vulnerable to malnutrition and are income eligible.

The USDA provides approved USDA Food for grocery packages that are used for home consumption. The Florida Department of Agriculture (FDA) administers the CSFP through contracts with individual food banks and provides oversight of their operations. Local organizations distribute the food packages and provide nutrition education to eligible participants through an agreement with their respected food banks.

CSFP QUALIFICATIONS

HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY (HOPE)

The program provides senior citizens living on a fixed income with supplemental staple groceries on a monthly basis to help fight hunger and malnutrition.

HOPE provides approximately 30 pounds of food to seniors each month. Food is chosen to accommodate the special dietary needs of the senior  population and includes produce, protein, whole grains and staples that will help the seniors live healthy and independent lives.

Distribution Centers

HOPE Distribution Centers are located throughout the Treasure Coast. To find a center near you, click here to visit our agency locator (https://stophunger.org/findhelp/).

Self-declared income eligibility.

Income Guidelines (monthly):

SENIOR GROCERY PROGRAM

Through a collaboration with partner agencies the senior grocery program is available weekly within communities with a high senior population. The program provides senior-friendly food and other staple food items like meats, breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, and non-perishable foods to seniors who do not have access to nutritious food due to financial difficulties, lack of transportation, or physical limitations.

Self-declared income eligibility.

Income Guidelines (monthly):

SENIOR MOBILE PANTRY

Like our senior grocery program; however, this is a Treasure Coast Food Bank’s direct mobile distribution at seniors’ centers, senior living facilities, and other communities with high population of seniors.  The program provides senior-friendly food and other staple food items like meats, breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, and non-perishable foods to seniors who do not have access to nutritious food due to financial difficulties, lack of transportation, or physical limitations.

Self-declared income eligibility.

Income Guidelines (monthly):

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

For more information about CSFP, please contact:

Homer Gutierrez
hgutierrez@tcfoodbank.org