Food bank programs for seniors provide food to those in need at or near their home.
Next to children, seniors are the most vulnerable group at risk of hunger. Senior food insecurity has risen as a result of the recession. The number of seniors at risk of hunger in 2011 was 50% higher than in 2007.
The Capital Area Food Bank operates two senior food distribution programs. Washington-area seniors can also participate in our Mobile Market program.
The Senior Brown Bag program provides income-qualified seniors with supplemental bags of food and nutrition education materials on a monthly basis. The food bank currently operates 74 Senior Brown Bag locations serving over 3,500 seniors.
In 2012, the food bank began administering the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in DC. CSFP provides monthly supplemental groceries to eligible seniors and women with small children not receiving WIC benefits in addition to a farmer’s market stipend. CSFP is distributed through community distribution centers and serves 6,300 seniors.