We have been part of USDA’s Commodities Supplemental Food Program (we call them Senior Boxes for ease) for just over a year now, and our allocation has grown from 30 boxes to 150. The program provides approximately 30 pounds of shelf stable food IN ADDITION to the food a client can pick up at TCFB. From the program fact sheet “CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the beneficiary population.” This is a great benefit to a segment of our population in great need, and we are thankful we are able to participate.
The program is also a great resource for nutritional information and recipes for the foods they provide. Go to the website for the Food and Nutrition Services division of the USDA, and recipes can be printed off or downloaded. For example, got too much juice? There are food recipes using the juices provided, and they look good!
* Requirements for application; must be a TCFB client at least 60 years old, and earn less than 130% of poverty (we have a chart to check when someone applies).
Due to weather conditions, taking into consideration the safety of our clients and volunteer staff, the following closures are in effect for today:
Kennewick and Richland branches will be closed.
Benton City noon shift is closed.
West Richland and Benton City evening shifts will be open as normal.