Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Shelf-stable boxes for CSFPThe 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.

How does it work?

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.

CSFP Distributions
  • Acushnet Council on Aging
  • American Red Cross
  • Attleboro Council on Aging
  • Billerica Council on Aging
  • Blackstone Apartments
  • Brookline Council on Aging
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chelsea Senior Center
  • Danvers Council on Aging
  • East Boston Area Planning Action Council (APAC)
  • Fairhaven Council on Aging
  • Harbor Loft Apartments
  • Healthy Waltham
  • Jack Satter House
  • Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  • Marblehead Council on Aging
  • Medford Housing Authority
  • Merrimack Valley Dream Center
  • New Bedford Council on Aging
  • Newton Department of Senior Services
  • Open Pantry of Greater Lowell
  • Peabody Council on Aging
  • Quincy Housing Authority
  • Rochester Council on Aging
  • Simon Fireman Apartments
  • Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
  • Somerville Council on Aging
  • Taunton Housing Authority
  • Unquity House
  • Wareham Council on Aging

Interested in learning more about our food distributions? Check out our Mobile Markets or contact us at or 617-427-5200.

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