REFB sets up seniors program
Food bank to deliver healthy food in county
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Sonoma County seniors on limited, fixed incomes may be eligible for a special hunger relief program, offered by the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), that provides a box of nutritious food each month to seniors who are urgently in need of food assistance.

This special Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

It provides a monthly 30-pound box of healthy foods to supplement the food diets of seniors. 

A variety of food is included, such as cheese, cereal, dry or evaporated milk, juice, rice, pasta, peanut butter, canned meats, fruits and vegetables.

The REFB provides critical food assistance each month to 11,260 seniors who live on fixed incomes that do not cover basic life needs, including food. CSFP is crucial to ensure all seniors who struggle with hunger have enough nutritious food to lead healthy and independent lives.

Irene is one of these seniors in need of this special food program. 

“I only have $50 a month to spend on food now since my rent was increased. The wonderful food I receive from the Redwood Empire Food Bank helps me so much,” she said. Marijane is another senior who needs more help, now that her CalFresh food stamp benefits have been reduced.

Eligible seniors must be 60 years or older and have incomes that meet the program’s federal guidelines. 

A single senior’s income cannot exceed $1,265 a month; a senior couple’s income cannot exceed $1,705 a month.

To learn more about eligibility, contact the Redwood Empire Food Bank at (707) 523-7900 and ask to speak with a programs coordinator. 

To enroll, seniors are required to provide: photo ID such as driver’s license, California ID; and proof of income, such as Social Security, SSI paperwork or bank statement, Medi-Cal card, pension, TANF letter.

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