The Grocery Plus Program, also known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), is a program that aims to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diet with nutritious foods. Grocery Plus program is delivered through The Capital Area Food Bank and provides 30-40 pounds of healthy groceries to low-income seniors aged 60 or older living in the District of Columbia. In addition to providing nutritious food, the Grocery Plus program also provides nutrition education to assist participants to improve their health through better nutrition.
Food Provided through the Program
Each participant receives his/her own free food package monthly. The quantity of each item in the package varies month-to-month.
- Beans or Peanut Butter
- Low-fat milk
- Fruit juice
- Grain and pasta
- Canned meat, fish, and poultry
- Non-fat dry milk
Over the summer months, Grocery Plus provides participants with farmers’ market vouchers through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Vouchers are redeemable for produce at participating area farmers markets. Of note, Grocery Plus groceries are not prepared. To learn more about senior prepared meal service in the District of Columbia, please contact the DC Office on Aging at (202) 724-5626.
The Grocery Plus program is open to all seniors aged 60 or older living in the District of Columbia who meet the federal income guidelines.
As of February 6, 2014, only older adults aged 60 and older may enroll in the Grocery Plus program. All participants under 60 years of age that enrolled before February 6, 2014 may continue to participate until they are no longer eligible for the program.
For more information or to see if you eligible for CSFP, contact Information, Referral and Assistance at (202) 724-5626.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.