Unfortunately many seniors in our area are faced with the challenges associated making difficult decisions such as paying for medicine or buying groceries. To help alleviate the stress of not knowing where a next meal may come from, the U.S.D.A. provides food items for distribution to low-income seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or CSFP from Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA. Henderson UMC distributes these boxes on the first Friday of each month.

The food provided is to supplement what seniors are able to purchase on their own or receive from other food assistance programs. The food boxes contain nutritious, nonperishable food items such as cereals, juices, canned fruits and vegetables as well as meats, grains, shelf stable or evaporated milk and also fresh cheese.

Qualifying seniors must be at least 60 years of age as well as fall within the income guidelines below:

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $15,782 $1,316 $304
2 $21,398 $1,784 $412
3 $27,014 $2,252 $520
4 $32,630 $2,720 $628
5 $38,246 $3,188 $736
6 $43,862 $3,656 $844
7 $49,478 $4,124 $952
8 $55,094 $4,592 $1,060

For each additional household member, please add $5,616 annually ($468 monthly or $108 weekly).

Participation in the CSFP requires advance registration. Forms are available at the Ministry building. Participants are put on a waiting list.