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Senior Food Program

CrossRoads feeds 475 seniors per month in Daviess County through its partnership with CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program), a unique federal/state and public/private effort.  The USDA purchases specific nutrient-rich foods at wholesale prices for distribution. State agencies such as the Departments of Health, Agriculture or Education provide administration and over-sight; contracting with community and faith-based organizations to warehouse and distribute food, certify eligibility and educate participants.  This unique collaboration reaches even homebound seniors with vital nutrition.

CSFP food packages are designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of these vulnerable people and include fruits and vegetables, juices, meats, fish, peanut butter, cereals and grain products, cheese and other dairy products.  The foods provided are designed to provide protein, calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C.  CSFP helps assist in providing proper nutrition for seniors and promotes health, treats chronic diseases, decreases length of hospital stays and saves health care dollars.  Hunger increases their risk of stroke, exacerbates pre-existing ill health conditions, limits the efficacy of many prescription drugs and may affect brain chemistry increasing the incidence of depression and isolation (The National Council on Aging, 2005).

CSFP was created by Congress to address hunger in specific population groups in a way that mutually promotes agriculture policy and alleviates hunger through the use of food commodities acquired under government farm supports.  CSFP is an important outlet for the food commodities supported under various farm programs.

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CSFP Sample Senior Citizen’s
Food Package Benefit

 

The list below is a sample of the Maximum Food Package for adults over age sixty  (households must meet the income guidelines).  The package is intended to assist in proper nutrition, it is not intended to completely feed a person for a month.  There are many different substitutes for the following items.  For more information refer to the sample foods page.

 

Cereal Dry or Oatmeal 2 units 18 oz pkg
Canned Meat 2 cans 12.5 oz
Evaporated Milk 3 cans 12 oz
Instant Non Fat Dry  Milk 1 box 25.6 oz *
Macaroni 2 pk 2 lb
Processed American Cheese 1 pkg 2 lb
Fruits 2 cans 15-16 oz
Juice 2 cans 64 oz
Vegetables 4 cans 15-16 oz

* given every other month