The federal government provides 100 percent of funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Beyond administering CSFP in Pennsylvania, HFPA also spearheads the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Coalition (PHAC) to address the underlying policy issues that perpetuate food insecurity.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Hunger-Free Pennsylvania is the single largest provider of meals to older Pennsylvanians through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), working in partnership with 1,200 agencies, senior centers and housing facilities to deliver 36,200 food boxes every month to needy seniors across the state.
CSFP leverages government buying power to provide life-sustaining meal deliveries. All participants in the program are low-income senior citizens with incomes of less than 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Line, which is about $14,000 for a senior citizen living alone. Nationwide, CSFP food packages reach approximately 736,110 low-income people each month.
Since assuming responsibility for administering the federal program in 2002, Hunger-Free Pennsylvania has increased the number of food box deliveries sevenfold, from an initial volume of 5,000 in five counties, to its present caseload of 36,200 meals in every Pennsylvania county.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office formally recognized Hunger-Free Pennsylvania for its extraordinary to increase enrollment and serve seniors and others in need.
Still, more than 369,221 Pennsylvania seniors are eligible for CSFP benefits. Use this tool to find out whether you qualify.
** As of April 1, 2021 the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP, aka, Senior Food Box Program) no longer requires proof of income in Pennsylvania. Qualifying seniors include low-income individuals who are at least 60 years old and whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the U.S. poverty level. Applications for this program can be found HERE and can be submitted to the following resource account: RAemail@example.com.
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Pennsylvania Hunger Action Coalition (PHAC)
Hunger-Free Pennsylvania spearheads the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Coalition, a group which comprises anti-hunger, religious, anti-poverty, economic and other nonprofit groups working not only to fight hunger but also to address the underlying policy issues that perpetuate food insecurity. Among its work:
Develop annual goals and objectives complimentary of the mission of each member.
Support the work of the larger group by participating in planning, activities and events.
Inform all local units and affiliates, departments and administrative offices of activities of the coalition and request participation.
PHAC also has a task force within the state Department of Human Services and two within the state Department of Education designed to address social determinants that lead to hunger.
If your organization would like to join the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Coalition, please contact Hunger-Free Pennsylvania Executive Director Sheila Christopher by phone at 724-941-1472 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.