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About 25% of the seniors in San Francisco and Marin face the threat of hunger. Many of them find that after working hard all their lives, living on a small fixed income presents impossible choices: Do I pay the rent, or buy food? Medicine, or food? They simply can't afford all of their basic needs. When health problems keep seniors homebound, the problem becomes even more complicated.
The Food Bank is helping to address the special needs of low-income seniors by providing easy access to nutritious foods.
USDA Supplemental Food Program
In partnership with the USDA, the Food Bank operates the governmental Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The program serves about 11,000 low-income seniors, providing a monthly box of nutritious USDA commodity foods such as tuna, canned fruit, oats and cheese, along with fresh produce from the Food Bank. Through CSFP we also serve other low-income populations, including pregnant women, women up to one year postpartum, and children under the age of six.
Our Home-Delivered Groceries program brings healthy foods right to the door of low-income seniors who, in spite of limited mobility, are still able to plan and prepare their own meals. It's a simple, yet innovative way to support the health of homebound seniors while helping them maintain their independence.This innovative delivery model serves about 300 seniors in San Francisco and Marin. In San Francisco, the program is a collaboration between the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Self-Help for the Elderly, the Community Living Campaign, and the City of San Francisco's Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Brown Bag Pantries
Held at senior centers and subsidized senior housing sites, our Brown Bag pantries help low-income seniors maintain their health and independence. Seniors can choose the foods they want at farmers' market-style distributions so they can cook nutritious meals in their own kitchens. These pantries also offer the added health benefit of providing an opportunity for seniors to socialize with their peers.