The U.S. Department of Agriculture, part of our federal government, provides critical food assistance to low-income Americans in the form of a series of Federal Nutrition programs.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (or CSFP) is one of these programs. CSFP is a Federal Nutrition program administered locally by Hunger Task Force. Locally, Hunger Task Force calls this program Stockbox, and through it supplies more than 9200 low-income seniors with a 30 pound box of food every month.
Stockbox participants receive a free box of nutritious food every month.Although most Stockbox recipients are low income seniors, it also is available to low-income mothers and children under that are not receiving WIC. (For more information on WIC, check out the ‘Women, Infants & Children slide show on this website.)Participating in Stockbox does not affect eligibility for other federal nutrition programs like Food Share (food stamps) or Free/Reduced price school meals.
To receive the Stockbox, participants must BE
Only those that live in households with an income that is at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible for the senior stockbox. In dollars and cents this means:
Hunger Task Force has identified 98 locations, including senior centers, senior residences and food pantries to serve as the monthly distribution sites for the Stockbox. Multiple distribution sites ensures that seniors have a convenient location near where they live where they can receive the box. Seniors that are shut-ins or that have limited mobility can designate up to two people, (a family member, friend or neighbor) to pick up the box for them. This person is called a ‘proxy.’
Stockbox has multiple benefits for the seniors that participate . . .
Currently, Hunger Task Force is able to sign up new participants for Stockbox. There is no waiting list!
For more information you can contact Hunger Task Force, or the US Department of Agriculture:
Critical Tools for Preventing Hunger
Free Food for Low-Income SeniorsThe Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Free box of nutritious food Delivered monthly To low-income: Senior citizens WIC graduates (children 5 years old and mothers) www.hungertaskforce.org
Milwaukee, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Rock, Washington or Waukesha County residents who are: Low-income 60 years of age or older Low-income children up to age six who are not receiving WIC Low-income women 7–12 months postpartum who are not receiving WIC www.hungertaskforce.org
Household income at or below 130% of Federal Poverty level Household Size Income at or below 1 Person $1,180 per month 2 People $1,593 per month 3 People $2,007 per month For each additional person in the household add $414 per month www.hungertaskforce.org
Nutritious Foods that help stretch tight food budgets! Fruit juice and shelf Cereal stable fluid milk Peanut butter Canned vegetables & fruit Rice, dried beans or pasta Cheese Canned meat or fish www.hungertaskforce.org
Stockboxes are delivered by Hunger Task Force at 99 distribution sites: ◦ Senior centers ◦ Senior residences ◦ Food pantries Participants or proxies pick up the box monthly www.hungertaskforce.org
Improved nutrition Convenient delivery, especially for the homebound Helpsseniors make ends meet by supplementing tight food budgets www.hungertaskforce.org
Hunger Task Force authorized to distribute 9,400 Stockboxes every month For information on how to receive Stockbox, call: www.hungertaskforce.org
Rick Lewandowski CSFP Monitor Hunger Task Force201 S. Hawley CourtMilwaukee, WI 53214 414-777-0483Rick@hungertaskforce.org U.S. Department of Agriculture CSFP Information www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/ www.hungertaskforce.org