Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

January 14, 2010

Commodity program announced for low-income seniors

Jan. 13, 2010 — Northeast KY Community Action Agency is seeking to expand the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in Carter County. Northeast currently administers this program to 96 people each month but could extend that program to as many as 192 people.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods.

CSFP is an enrolled program and participants receive a monthly food box, CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population. The monthly food box typically contains canned meat, evaporated milk, canned juice, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, cereal and cheese. CSFP is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The following people are eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program:

• Senior citizens over the age of 60, living at 130% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (monthly income cannot exceed $1,174 for a single-person household and cannot exceed $1,579 for a two-person household).

To apply, adults must bring personal identification (driver's license or birth certificate). Proof of income also is required to apply for this program. Acceptable proof includes a Social Security award letter, a copy of a Social Security check, a bank statement, a food stamp qualification document or a statement from the Housing Authority.\

To apply for enrollment in the CSFP program through Northeast KY Community Action Agency applications will be taken on Jan. 22, 2010, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Olive Hill and Grayson Northeast offices.

For further information, call the Grayson Northeast Office – 474.8118 or Olive Hill Northeast Office 286.4443.

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