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Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Grocery Plus and My Groceries to Go!

Seniors are the second-most vulnerable group at risk of hunger. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program exists to help change that.

Healthy food close to home

The Capital Area Food Bank participates in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) within both the District of Columbia and Montgomery County. The programs provide seniors with free, nutritious food so they can stay healthy and active. Each month, income-eligible seniors over 60 receive 30 to 40 pounds of healthy groceries that they can use to prepare the nutritious meals they need to live well.

Maximum Income by Household Size – 130% of the Poverty Line

Household size Weekly Monthly Annually
1 $313 $1,354 $16,237
2 $423 $1,832 $21,983
3 $534 $2,311 $27,729
4 $644 $2,790 $33,475
5 $755 $3,269 $39,221
6 $865 $3,748 $44,967
7 $976 $4,227 $50,713
8 $1,086 $4,705 $56,459
Each additional
member
+$111 +$479 +$5,746

Commodity Supplemental Food Program packages vary from month to month, but always include:

  • Two cartons of juice
  • One to two packs of a protein item
  • Two cartons of shelf-stable milk
  • One bag of dry beans or one jar of peanut butter
  • One to two packs of a grain item
  • One block of cheese
  • Two cans of fruit
  • Four cans of vegetables
  • One to two breakfast items
  • One bag of dry milk every other month

Free Food for Seniors in D.C

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program for D.C. residents is Grocery Plus. Grocery Plus is a combination of the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Participants in the program can pick up their fresh produce at the East Capital Walk-In Center. During the summer months, Grocery Plus provides seniors with farmers market vouchers that are redeemable for produce at participating farmers markets.

The center is located at:

5601 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 645-6087

Application 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, age, and residency. One or two documents can be used as proof of meeting all requirements. The following documents are accepted:

Identification/Age

  • 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

D.C. Residency

  • Any income document or ID with D.C. address*
  • Bill with current address (medical, cable, credit card, utility)
  • Government-issued ID
  • Lease
  • Letter from Landlord
  • Rental Receipt
  • Vehicle Registration

*Income documents must be issued within the past 24 months.

Free Food for Seniors in Montgomery County

My Groceries to Go! Is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Montgomery County residents. Participants get eight pounds of free, fresh produce every month.

Application Process

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. The following documents are accepted:

  • Earning statement/pay stubs/receipt/letter
  • Social security pay
  • Alimony
  • Child support documentation
  • SNAP household certificate
  • Pension or veteran payment documentation
  • Unemployment check stub
  • Valid W-2/income tax return

Maintaining participation

Following program enrollment, participants in both D.C. 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. 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 us.

Proxies

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 present their ID to collect their grocery package.

Become a partner

For more information on CSFP in D.C. and Montgomery County, or if your organization is looking to host the program, call 202-644-9880 or send an email to csfp@capitalareafoodbank.org or mg2g@capitalareafoodbank.org.

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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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