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News: 05/15/2014

Food bank offers hunger relief program for seniors

Sonoma County seniors on limited, fixed incomes may be eligible for a special hunger relief program, offered by the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), that provides a box of nutritious food each month to seniors who are urgently in need of food assistance.

This special Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It provides a monthly 30-pound box including cheese, cereal, dry or evaporated milk, juice, rice, pasta, peanut butter, canned meats, fruits and vegetables.

The REFB provides critical food assistance each month to 11,260 seniors who live on fixed incomes that do not cover basic life needs, including food. CSFP is crucial to ensure that all seniors have enough nutritious food to lead healthy and independent lives.

Eligible seniors must be 60 years or older and have incomes that meet the programís federal guidelines. A single seniorís income cannot exceed $1,265 a month; a senior coupleís income cannot exceed $1,705 a month.

To learn more about eligibility, contact the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 523-7900 and ask to speak with a Programs Coordinator. To enroll, seniors are required to provide a photo ID such as a driverís license or California ID, and proof of income, such as Social Security, SSI paperwork or bank statement, Medi-Cal card, pension or TANF letter.

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