The population of seniors in Massachusetts is growing rapidly. Seniors who struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience depression and other health problems. In addition, decreased mobility, fixed incomes, and rising health care costs can make maintaining access to sufficient amounts of nutritious food challenging.
GBFB supports seniors in need by leveraging all available resources, including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which is a federal program designed to help low-income seniors access healthy food provided by USDA.
GBFB creates welcoming CSFP distributions by partnering with senior-focused organizations that are trusted in the community. On-site coordinators submit CSFP applications to GBFB for processing. At GBFB’s distribution center, volunteers pack CSFP boxes with nutritious, senior-focused shelf-stable foods. GBFB trucks deliver the packed boxes to CSFP sites where volunteers add fresh produce like carrots, squash, and peppers, and then distribute the bags to clients. GBFB currently operates CSFP distributions at more than 35 partner sites each month across Eastern Massachusetts.