Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) -FAQ
What is it? 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 $1316/individual or $1784/couple in 2018).
What’s included? 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 & 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 CSFP.
How does it work? 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.
What if I participate in other programs such as SNAP (food stamps) or go to my local food pantry? You may participate in the CSFP while receiving benefits/food from other nutrition programs.
How do I apply? If you’re at least 60 and your household meets the income guidelines, complete the CSFP application and return to your local distribution site (see below). You may be required to show proof of identity, age, residence, & income prior to participation in the program.
When can I start receiving groceries? 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.
What if I’m not able to pick up my bag? 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.
|Local CSFP Distribution Site:||Danvers Council on Aging (Senior Center)|
25 Stone Street, Danvers
|Distribution Day & Time:||1st Monday of the month|
|12 – 1:00 pm|