Foodbank program to assist local seniors

The Southeast Ohio Foodbank, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, is looking to enroll additional seniors living in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington County for their Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

Once enrolled, seniors will receive a box of nutritionally-balanced supplemental food every month. CSFP works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.

Monthly boxes include a variety of foods, such as shelf-stable milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.

The Southeast Ohio Foodbank currently distributes around 3,700 CSFP boxes each month.

Seniors must be at least 60 years of age or older and be at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. To determine eligibility and enroll, contact the Foodbank by calling 740-385-6813 ext. 2221.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with these distributions across the ten counties, contact Mallory Ferguson at 740-385-6813 ext. 2207.

CSFP is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.