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Supplemental Food Program Fills Need for Seniors

Juan

Juan is one of 27,000 seniors who rely on a monthly supplemental food program coordinated by the Food Bank.

Like many other seniors in our community, Juan depends upon the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) distributions that are coordinated by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The Food Bank manages the largest distribution in the country, feeding 27,000 seniors a month.

Juan, 69, has been receiving a food kit each month at Lincoln Heights Senior Center, one of the 140 agency sites where the kits are distributed. Each kit weighs approximately 30 pounds and contains mostly shelf-stable items such as milk, beans, grains, and canned fruits and vegetables—food that will provide the nutrition to help seniors like Juan live a longer, healthier, higher quality of life.

"I cannot work anymore, and the food I get sure helps me," Juan says.

Juan enjoyed working as a cashier at a supermarket for many years, but now he is unable to work. Because of the high cost of housing in Los Angeles, he shares an apartment with two roommates to make rent. He says he would go hungry without the food he receives through the Food Bank.

"I just want to say how grateful I am for the food that we receive," he says.

The CSFP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that serves seniors 60 years and older who meet income eligibility requirements.

Your future gift to the Food Bank helps us feed the hungry and manage critical programs to serve those in need. Contact Roger Castle at 323-234-3030 x147 or [email protected] to learn about the many ways you can support our programs well into the future.