The Reach program provides nutrition to individuals who are homebound and low-income seniors, as well as those with special needs. For individuals who are homebound, volunteers deliver food boxes filled with shelf-stable goods and dairy, meats and fresh produce (when available) to food-insecure households. Boxes are available for pick-up at designated sites for those who are able to visit community sites.
Some Reach Program sites provide food acquired through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the USDA’s only program that specifically targets low-income seniors. Food items are carefully chosen by USDA and packaged by volunteers at the Food Bank to meet the nutritional needs of qualified participants. Nutrition education and recipes are often distributed with the food.
Seniors age 60 and over with incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines can sign up to receive food boxes through CSFP. See if you qualify using the chart below:
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s CSFP program is available in all four of its service regions.
Seniors must sign-up in person and show proof of income each year to remain enrolled. The following items are needed to apply:
- A valid driver’s license or state ID for everyone in your household
- Proof of address, such as a utility bill, lease rental agreement or bank statement
- Proof of income, such as pay stubs for the past 30 days, a social security statement, unemployment and any retirement information such as pension received
Once enrolled, food boxes may be picked up by someone else on their behalf as long as the required paperwork is completed. Food boxes are for the benefit of eligible program participants only.
For additional information about CSFP, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/csfp/about-csfp.
To inquire about participation in the Reach Program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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