The population of seniors in Massachusetts is growing rapidly. Seniors who struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience depression and and other healthy 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 and approval notice. At GBFB’s distribution center, volunteers pack CSFP boxes with nutritious, senior-focused shelf-stable foods, and GBFB trucks deliver the packed boxes to CSFP sites where they are distributed to clients. GBFB currently operates CSFP distributions at 30 partner sites each month across Eastern Massachusetts.