Senior Food Box Program

We operate the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a USDA sponsored program directed to senior citizens 60 and older, throughout our service territory. We distribute a volume of food boxes on a monthly basis according to the caseload allocation assigned to us by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Pre-enrolled seniors who qualify based on their age (60 and older) and their economic status (must be SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligible, i.e., have an income of 130 percent or less of the poverty level for your household size) are the recipients of the distributed boxes of food. Boxes are distributed at no cost to recipients.

Those enrolled in CSFP are entitled to the monthly food box simply by coming to claim it on designated distribution dates at a site near them. Those physically unable to pick up their monthly box may authorize a proxy to pick up the box for them.

Senior food boxes contain a balanced diet of senior-friendly dietary supplementation, for example, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, juice, shelf stable milk, pasta, canned proteins, cheese, etc.

For more information about the Senior Food Box Program contact us at 409-839-8777 x106.

Standard USDA Statement of Non-Discrimination

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

Mail:   U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Fax:     (202) 690-7442; or

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The following article is a contribution to our website from Jennifer McGregor, recommending ways that technology can help seniors in maintaining a healthy and affordable dietary lifestyle.

Four Ways Technology Can Help Seniors Stay Healthy

It’s easier than ever for home-bound seniors to focus on their nutrition. Thanks to technology, eating nutritiously allows seniors to commit to making healthier decisions. Here are a few practical and affordable ways that seniors can stay on track with their nutrition.

Use Smart Apps for Easy Food Access

Helpful smartphone apps let seniors access up to date nutrition information and meal plans. With the right app, you can create grocery shopping lists, find calorie and other nutritional details, or even order groceries for delivery to your home.

Look for your local grocery store online and see whether they offer home delivery or even pickup options. If you have mobility challenges, a pickup grocery service can save you time spent roaming the store for all the items on your grocery list. You can order your groceries online, then pick up your cart when it’s convenient for you.

Other apps pick up takeout from area restaurants and deliver to your door for a small fee. For days when you need some menu variety, or if you have healthy options at area eateries, dining out without going out can help both your healthy diet and your comfort.

You may even save money with healthy eating apps that help you plan your diet. Planning ahead can help you stay on budget and stick to wholesome meals instead of opting for delivery.

Sign Up for Meal Delivery Service

With the emergence of many meal delivery services, prices are becoming more and more affordable. Plus, a range of plans and companies means you can find food that suits your preferences and health needs. You can find meal delivery services with diabetes-friendly meal plans, vegetarian options, and more. Meal services provide fresh ingredients for creating healthy, wholesome meals. You still get to enjoy the experience of cooking your own food without having to hunt down exotic ingredients or buy offbeat items in bulk.

Other options even deliver ready-made dishes right to your doorstep. Some local services deliver hot meals, whereas others arrive refrigerated and only require reheating. Community programs like Meals on Wheels are also budget-friendly. These simple delivery methods mean better nutrition without ever leaving your home.

Special Nutrition Support for Medicare Advantage Members

If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be eligible for a local wellness program. Adding a program to your routine may help with your nutritional goals. For example, many plans, including those provided through UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage program, offer fitness and wellness options. If you don’t already participate in wellness programming, look for services that offer supplemental nutrition and lifestyle support.

Find Community and Connect

Whether you join a wellness program or find a local group to socialize or exercise with, connecting with others can aid both your physical and mental health. Socialization can even reduce your risk of depression and encourage you to stay active. Finding a community is crucial for seniors who live alone, but it’s also helpful for those who want to get moving with their partner. While many seniors choose to age in place, it doesn’t mean you have to be alone.

Getting together for meals is also an excellent way to meet your nutritional and social needs. According to American Senior Communities, eating together is better than going solo. Studies show that seniors who dine with others feel less loneliness than those who eat alone.

Whatever your health and nutrition concerns, there are ways to make things easier. As a senior who may also need support at home, you have options that allow you to retain your independence. At the same time, you can ensure your nutritional needs are met while enjoying delicious meals. All it takes is some planning with a smart strategy!

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The mission of the Texas WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program is to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.

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