Providing a monthly box of nutritious food to low-income seniors to improve the health, nutrition, and well-being of their lives.
“I only get $1,000 a month from Social Security and you know how far that goes: pays the bills and nothing is left over. The Food Bank provides food that will get me through the month and includes fresh produce and fruit.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s private ElderShare program provides a monthly box of food to seniors 60 years of age or older whose total household income does not exceed the listed guidelines. ElderShare is in addition to any other food assistance the participant may receive, except that potential participants cannot be current recipients of the USDA’s monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for low-income seniors.
Last year, we distributed 74,000 senior boxes in central Pennsylvania serving more than 6,200 seniors through the program.
How to register:
A registration form must be completed by each individual senior that wants to receive a box. The senior must go to one of our partner agencies that distribute the boxes and sign-up at that location. They must bring with them their proof of age and proof of income to show that they are at least 60 years of age and that they fall within the requisite income guidelines for eligibility
Once registered, participants will have the opportunity to name a proxy or proxies to pick up their food boxes when they are not able to do so.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a monthly supplemental food program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administered in 26 central Pennsylvania counties by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Each month, a CSFP food package will be available to income-qualified senior citizens aged 60 years and older.
Items needed to register:
Verification of ID, Age, and Address – This can be, accomplished by using a driver’s license, passport, picture ID card, birth certificate, etc.
Verification of Household Income – This the TOTAL gross income of all members of your household. This amount can be verified with a W-2, the previous year’s tax return, social security award letter, etc.
If you do not have the above with you, you cannot be registered for the program.
Once you are registered, you will have the opportunity to name a proxy or proxies to pick up your food packages for you when you are not able to do so.
To participate, you must register in person.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
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.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
For more information on senior programs and where to register for CSFP:
- Fill out the online form below.
- A staff member will contact you with any additional steps.