Providing Relief for Seniors

By Charlotte McGarry, Programs/Logistics Director

Imagine a life of working hard, providing for your children and, finally, an opportunity to enjoy retirement. You enter retirement and suddenly the financial market is in turmoil, you’ve lost thousands of dollars from your retirement funds, costs continue to increase and the worst recession in 80 years hits.

For many Delaware seniors, this scenerio is reality. To help those struggling to make ends meet, the Food Bank of Delaware now offers the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

What is the CSFP?
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal food program that is designed to improve the health of senior citizens. Food for the program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s agency of Food and Nutrition Service.

Who Can Receive the CSFP?
You must be a Delaware resident at least 60 years of age and have a qualifying income.

How Can I Sign Up?
First you must ask your local food pantry if they are involved in the CSFP. Only individuals who are registered can receive the CSFP food items.

To register for the CSFP you must bring the following items:

  • Proof of age (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Proof of income (statement from Social Security, pension statement, etc.)

We currently have the capacity to distribute 2,500 meal boxes to seniors each month. Boxes include staples such as canned fruits and vegetables, juice, meats, cereals, milk products, pasta/rice and cheese. For more information on signing up for the program and participating sites, please contact Naty Russo (New Castle County) at (302) 444-8077 or Crystal Timmons (Kent/Sussex Counties) at (302) 393-2010.

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