Senior Food Box Program

About The Program

The Southeast Texas Food Bank operates 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.

How do I know if I meet the age requirements?

Applicants who are 60 years of age or older meet the age requirements to participate in the CSFP. Applicants must provide proof of identification to prove they meet the age requirement. Valid forms of identification include: Driver’s License, State ID Card, Birth Certificate, Permanent Resident Card, Passport, Military ID, Refugee Visa, Bapitsmal Certificate, and Health Card.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Income Eligibility Guidelines

Based on 130% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
(Effective March 2021)

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income

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. Our nondiscrimination statement is also available in Spanish. 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

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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

Did you know that a $10 donation can provide up to 30 meals for desperate people in your community? By making a donation, you are helping to ensure that hungry children in Southeast Texas are adequately nourished, that none of our senior citizens are forced to chose between medicine and food, and that every family facing a crisis can at least have the assurance of food on the table.

Your gift goes a long, long way!

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