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.
The Capital Area Food Bank participates in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program within both the District of Columbia as Grocery Plus and within Montgomery County, MD as My Groceries To Go! In DC, Grocery Plus is a combination of the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Both programs encourage seniors to remain active by providing a variety of nutritious foods needed for a healthy diet.
The monthly package provides 30-40 lbs of healthy groceries to seniors aged 60 or over who live in the District of Columbia or Montgomery County, respectively, and meet income guidelines.
CSFP grocery packages vary month-to-month, but each contains:
- 2 cartons of juice
- 1-2 packs of a protein item
- 2 cartons of shelf stable milk
- 1 bag of dry beans or 1 jar of peanut butter
- 1-2 packs of a grain item
- 1 block of cheese
- 2 cans of fruit
- 4 cans of vegetables
- 1-2 breakfast items
- 1 bag of dry milk every other month
Fresh produce is available for DC participants at the East Capitol Walk-In Center and Montgomery County participants receive eight pounds of fresh produce each month.
During the summer months, Grocery Plus provides DC participants with farmers market vouchers through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Vouchers are redeemable for produce at participating area farmers markets. Produce Plus checks and staple fresh fruits and vegetables are also available to DC participants picking up at the Grocery Plus Walk-In Center.
Grocery Plus and My Groceries To Go! is open to DC and Montgomery County residents who are aged 60 or over and meet income guidelines. Please see the table below for income eligibility by household size.
|Maximum Income by Household Size – 130% of Poverty Line|
Grocery Plus – Process
Grocery Plus applications must be processed in person at a Grocery Plus distribution site. To identify the pickup site closest to you, please call the Grocery Plus main line at 202-644-9880. When registering, participants are required to bring in supporting documents to prove identity and age, and residency. One or two documents can be used as proof of meeting all requirements. Accepted documents are listed below:
|*Income documents must be issued within the past 24 months.|
My Groceries To Go! – Income Requirements
My Groceries To Go! participants in Montgomery County are required to bring in supporting documents to prove income eligibility in addition to age, identity, and residency. Accepted documents are listed below:
- Earning statement/pay stubs/receipt/letter
- Social security pay
- Child support documentation
- SNAP household certificate
- Pension or veteran payment documentation
- Unemployment check stub
- Valid W-2/income tax return
Following program enrollment, participants in both DC and Montgomery County are required to confirm their contact information, income and desire to continue in the program. Participants that do not regularly pick up their grocery packages may be subject to termination if participation is inconsistent. Applicants that do not feel their application was properly reviewed may request an appeal. Likewise, participants that believe they were wrongly terminated may seek out an appeal with the Capital Area Food Bank.
Grocery Plus and My Groceries to Go! participants may designate up to two “proxies” on their application. Proxies are relatives or friends of the participant that are willing and able to pick up the food package on behalf of a participant. They must be pre-registered as a participant’s proxy, and must present their ID to collect their grocery package.
Looking To Become A Partner?
For more information on CSFP in DC and Montgomery County, organizations looking to host the program can call the CAFB main line at 202-644-9880, fax 1-888-662-6277, or send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking To Participate?
Individuals can also learn more about the program or enroll directly at the CAFB Grocery Plus Walk-In Center listed below.
East Capitol – Walk-In Center
5601 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 645-6087
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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 How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint, 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: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.