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EBFP Starting a New Program for Seniors!

We are excited to be starting a new program soon!  In cooperation with the RI Community Food Bank, the Department of Elderly Affairs, and the US Department of Agriculture, in March we will begin distributing additional food to seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

According to Feeding America, 4.8 million seniors face choosing between paying for rent, utilities, or food.  The number of seniors facing food insecurity rose 50% from 2007 to 2011.  Without proper nutrients, seniors are at risk of increased disability, decreased resistance to infections, deteriorating mental health, longer hospital stays, and chronic diseases such as diabetes.  CSFP is a nutrition program for low-income seniors that works to improve their health by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods.  Nationally, CSFP serves over 600,000 low-income seniors each month.  Although nationally the program is not new, RI began participating in the program only in 2015.

Seniors in RI may participate in the program if they are age 60 or over and their income is at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines:

  • $1,276/month for a 1 person household
  • $1,726/month for a 2 person household
  • $2,176/month for a 3 person household*
*These are the 2015 guidelines.  The 2016 guidelines will be released in March.Seniors must provide proof of income and address when they register for the program.  Seniors may register at the East Bay Food Pantry

  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 10am-noon
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 1-3pm

After registering, seniors or their proxies can pick-up a box of food once a month, 10am-noon on the 3rd Friday of each month. Each food box will contain low sugar, low fat, and low sodium foods, including cereal, fruit juice, tuna, shelf stable milk, peanut butter, processed cheese, pasta, rice, soup, canned fruits, canned vegetables, and beans.

 

We want as many needy seniors as possible to have access to this important program, so please help us spread the word!