What is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program?
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Here in the District, CSFP, also known as Grocery Plus, is administered by DC Health and its local agency partner, Capital Area Food Bank. CSFP provides 30-40 pounds of nutritious food monthly to more than 5,400 seniors meeting the age, residency and income requirements.
CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of older Americans. Among the types of foods included in the food packages are: non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, grains, pasta, proteins, and canned fruits and vegetables.
For more information about CSFP, eligibility requirements and distribution sites please contact the Capital Area Food Bank.
What is the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program began as a grant program in 2001 and was established as a permanent program in 2007 (Public Law 107-171). The purpose of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is to provide fresh and local produce to seniors who are nutritionally at risk and to expand the awareness and use of farmers’ markets. In the district, the SFMNP is branded as Get Fresh.
Seniors, 60 years and older, participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, are eligible to receive $40.00 worth of Get Fresh checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and local honey from approved vendors during the SFMNP season. Contact the Capitol Area Food Bank for information on eligibility and benefit distribution sites.
Other Food and Nutrition Resources for Older Adults
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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.
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