Food Bank of Delaware Offers Free Monthly Food Relief to Senior Citizens

May 15, 2018

The Food Bank of Delaware, in partnership with the state of Delaware, has free monthly food boxes through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to eligible Delaware senior citizens who are at least 60 years of age.

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.

The Food Bank currently has the capacity to distribute more than 2,200 meal boxes to seniors each month through area sites such as, but not limited to senior centers, food closets and senior residences. Boxes include staples such as canned fruits and vegetables, juice, meats, cereals, milk products, pasta/rice and cheese. Fresh produce is also distributed when available.

“Many Delaware seniors oftentimes choose between buying groceries and paying for medicine,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Far too many are living on extremely fixed incomes. No senior should be forced to cut pills in half in order to stretch their budget so they can buy medicines and groceries. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is an important way to help seniors make ends meet, while ensuring a healthy diet.”

To register for the program, seniors must be at least 60 years old, have Delaware residency and meet the following income eligibility guidelines.

Family Size Monthly Income
1                                $1,316
2                                $1,784
3                                $2,252
4                                $2,720
5                                $3,188
6                                $3,656
7                                $4,124
8                               $4,592

The following items are required to sign up for the program: proof of age, proof of residency and proof of income. For more information or to sign up, please contact David Weddle at dweddle@fbd.org or (302) 444-8129.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

4 Comments

  • Kim A Satterfield says:

    My neighbor received this food allotment for the first time yesterday and I am concerned. She received 4 bags of rice, and the only meat were 2 10 oz packages of chunk chicken breast. Is this the norm or is it possible that the people distributing it or not on the up and up. She also received 2 bags of lemons and the only other fruit she received was a small box of raisins. The vegetables she received were 2 cans on sliced potatoes and 2 cans of pumpkins.

  • Joyce Ann Hill says:

    Im trying to find out if I qualify for the senior
    program.
    my monthly income is $ 836.00

    Thank You
    Joyce Hill

  • Karen OKeefe says:

    I sent emails for this and got no response. Still waiting…

  • Sharon Joswick says:

    Yes I am interested in the food bank service. I do believe I meet the qualifications, my daughter refer me to this. I am 70 and have COPD I live by myself and I have a very limited income for sure

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *