Grocery Plus

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The Capital Area Food Bank participates in the Grocery Plus Program, which provides 30-40 lbs of healthy groceries monthly to seniors aged 60 or over who live in the District of Columbia and meet income guidelines. Grocery Plus is a USDA program that encourages seniors to remain active by providing a variety of nutritious foods needed for a healthy diet.


Healthy Food for Seniors

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 at the CAFB Walk-In Centers. Of note, Grocery Plus groceries are not prepared. To learn more about senior prepared meal service in the District of Columbia, please contact the DC Office on Aging at (202) 724-5622.

Over the summer months, Grocery Plus provides 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 participants picking up at the two Grocery Plus Walk-In Centers.

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


Contact Information

For more information on Grocery Plus, individuals or organizations looking to host the program can call the Grocery Plus main line at 202-644-9880, fax 1-888-662-6277, or send an email to csfp@capitalareafoodbank.org.

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


Qualifying for Grocery Plus

Grocery Plus is open to DC 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
Household size Weekly Monthly Annually
1 $297 $1,287 $15,444
2 $401 $1,736 $20,826
3 $504 $2,184 $26,208
4 $608 $2,633 $31,590
5 $711 $3,081 $36,972
6 $815 $3,530 $42,749
7 $919 $3,980 $47,749
8 $1,023 $4,430 $53,157
Each additional
member
+$104 +$451 +$5,408

How to Apply for Grocery Plus

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, residency and income requirements. One or two documents can be used as proof of meeting all requirements. Accepted documents are listed below:

Identification/Age DC Residency Total, Gross Income (Pre-Tax)
  • Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immigration/Naturalization Record
  • Marriage Certificate/License
  • Military Discharge Papers
  • Military ID Card
  • Passport/Visa
  • State ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Work ID
  • Any income document or ID with DC address
  • Bill with current address (medical, cable, credit care, utility)
  • Government issued ID
  • Lease
  • Letter from Landlord
  • Rental Receipt
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Employment Earnings
  • W-2 or Income Tax Return
  • Pensions or Veterans Payments
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • TANF Benefits
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Supplemental Security Income Benefits
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
*Income documents must be issued within the past 24 months.

Following program enrollment, Grocery Plus participants 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.

Proxies

Grocery Plus 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. At the time of pickup, they must present a participant’s ID or Grocery Plus Card to collect their grocery package.

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: program.intake@usda.gov