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You may participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) while receiving benefits/food from other nutrition programs.
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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a monthly food distribution program provided by the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) for individuals 60 years old or older whose monthly income is less than 130% of the Federal Poverty line. (Gross monthly income of less than $1383 an individual or $1868 a couple in 2020).
Each participant receives two grocery bags containing shelf-stable products such as: cereal, juice, milk, beef stew, peanut butter, pasta, apple sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, etc., along with two fresh produce items and cheese. This averages to 30-35 pounds of food.
All products have been reviewed by the nutrition team at Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
The Greater Boston Food Bank delivers the CSFP groceries to your local distribution site to be picked up by approved participants at a regular day and time once a month. (See below for details on your local site.)
Please note if you miss two months of distribution in a row you will lose your spot in the program and be replaced by an individual on the waiting list.
If you're at least 60 and your household meets the income guidelines, complete the CSFP Application Form (PDF) and Proxy Form (PDF) and return to your local distribution site (see below). You may be required to show proof of identity, age, residence, and income prior to participation in the program.
The Greater Boston Food Bank will notify by mail whether you've been approved or put on the waitlist. If approved, the longest you'll have to wait is probably not more than one month. Sometimes you will be able to begin participating immediately, in which case you will receive a phone call from your local distribution site.
Participants may authorize someone else to pick up their bag on their behalf by signing a proxy form. Delivery is also available for homebound individuals.