KALAMAZOO, MI — Qualifying Kalamazoo County seniors are now eligible to receive food for free on a monthly basis because of the federally-funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
This initiative started with a partnership between Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, Senior Services, Inc., Area Agency on Aging and The Salvation Army. Their goal was to offer nutritious food choices to low-income seniors in the Kalamazoo area.
The food will be distributed on the first Wednesday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Salvation Army, 1700 S. Burdick St., in Kalamazoo.
Food such as fruits and vegetables, cereals, pasta, cheeses and meats will be available.
Art Cole, is the services director at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes and he said that this Kalamazoo County program is similar to one in Calhoun County.
Cole said he believes as many as 500 senior citizens could utilize the program once word of it spreads. Senior Citizens who are homebound may also be able to have the food brought to them.
To qualify, seniors must be 60 years of age or older and have an income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. Certification can be done the day of distribution. State identification, a Social Security card and proof of income is necessary to prove eligibility.
For more information about the program or to register, call Senior Services, Inc. at 269-382-015 or the Area Agency on Aging at 269-373-5147.
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