High Plains Food Bank Seeks to Expand Senior Food Program to Tulia

High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) is expanding the senior adult food program to Tulia, Texas, in an effort to offer eligible senior adults a resource for quality, supplemental nutrition. The program is a monthly food box supplement, weighing in at 25-30 pounds with a $60-70 retail value. High Plains Food Bank will host a qualifying event in Tulia, Texas, and hopes to attract local Tulia seniors (60 years and older), as well as those in surrounding communities. This is an initial event, to gain a better understanding of the needs of senior adults in Tulia and nearby areas. Based upon interest and turnout at the upcoming qualifying event, the food bank will determine the feasibility of providing the senior food program to the Tulia area on a monthly basis. Seniors who qualify at the event will receive a box of food that day. 

Tulia, TX qualifying event information: 
Interested senior adults are encouraged to attend the event on July 11th from 9:00am--11:00am at: 
Tulia Assembly of God 
325 S Austin Ave 
Seniors will need to bring identification and proof of income. 

A form of identification may include any of the following: driver’s license, state ID card, birth certificate, permanent resident card, passport, military ID, refugee visa, baptismal certificate or health ID card. 
A form of proof of income may include any of the following: Social Security letter, paystub from previous month, income tax return, bank statement, or a supplemental security income letter (SSI). 

HPFB partners with the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to eligible seniors, 60 years of age and older. Seniors who qualify for the program receive a 25-30-pound box of food each month, intended to be a healthy addition to meals they prepare at home when other food sources are running low. The items included in the CSFP food box are U.S. Department of Agriculture products, and therefore seniors must qualify for the program by first meeting USDA’s Income Eligibility Guidelines, which will be listed on a form provided. 

The event is open to the public. Based upon the numbers of senior adults who are interested and may qualify, High Plains Food Bank will determine the feasibility of offering this program monthly to the Tulia area. The city of Tulia, TX would serve as the central meeting and distribution point for surrounding communities. 

Should the program begin to operate in Tulia, seniors 60 years and older who meet eligibility requirements will be enrolled. Participants must re-certify every 6 months. 

Program Background: 
CSFP was authorized under the Agriculture and Commerce Protection Act of 1973. The purpose of the CSFP is to improve the health and nutritional status of elderly persons 60 years of age or older who are at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines through nutrition education activities, and the donation of supplemental foods. 

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to administer the CSFP in Texas. The High Plains Food Bank is a Contracting Entity (CE) of the TDA’s administration of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. 

High Plains Food Bank’s CSFP Caseload: 
TDA has given High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) a caseload of 2,000 participants to serve per month. HPFB began administering CSFP in October of 2017. 

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