Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

August 1, 2013

Seniors may qualify for free monthly food package

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Starting August 28 and continuing on the fourth Wednesday of each month, a new program aimed at supplementing the nutritional needs of local seniors will begin.

Many area seniors visit the Meals for Better Senior Living Lunch Sites of Thrive Alliance, which currently serve a free-will donation hot lunch Monday through Friday for participants over the age of 60. Thrive Alliance is an organization that provides services to children and families, older adults, persons with disabilities, and adult and senior community centers. In addition to the hot meals served at the lunch sites once a day, five days a week, Thrive Alliance also delivers hot, nutritious meals to homebound older adults and disabled persons.

For many older adults, purchasing nutritious food on a fixed income has become a problem. They often do not have enough money to both pay all their housing costs and buy nutritious food to last the month until their next payment comes. The new program, which Meals for Better Senior Living sites will be participating in, seeks to leave no senior hungry.

“I feel like it’s one more thing we can offer to seniors of the community. We are happy to be able to provide one more avenue for seniors to get assistance with their food supply,” said David Clay, assistant with Meals for Better Senior Living.

The program, sponsored by Gleaner’s Food Bank, is called the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP) and is for adults over the age of 60. In August, there will be a cap of 40 eligible people served, with all others being placed on a waiting list. If the need is strong enough, there will likely be as many food packages as needed to serve the elderly in the area in future months, according to Jerry Schwendenmann at the Greensburg Adult Center.

The CFSP seeks to help low-income older adults to meet their nutritional needs. Every month, eligible seniors will receive a food package containing approximately 40 pounds of food. This will include high protein items, grains, vegetables, juices, and shelf-stable milk. Every other month, the package will contain powered milk.

To qualify for one of the CFSP food packages, the applicant must be age 60 or older; live in Bartholomew, Decatur, Jackson, or Jennings County; and have a monthly income not exceeding $1,245 for a household of one, $1,681 for a household of two, $2,116 for a household of three, or $2,552 for a household of four. Income limits are raised by $436 for each additional person living in the home.

Applicants must make an appointment and apply at a Meals for Better Senior Living site in the county in which they reside. The Greensburg site is housed in the Greensburg Adult Center and can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at 812-663-2232. The Greensburg Adult Center will be making enrollment appointments on Tuesdays until the end of August.

Other Decatur County sites include the St. Paul Civic Center and the Westport Town Hall.

For more information, please contact Diana Robbins or Jerry Schwendenmann at the Greensburg Adult Center at 812-663-2232 or Sheila Woods at 812-372-6918 or swoods@thrive-alliance.org.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004