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SCV seniors can qualify for free food

Seniors: L.A. Regional Foodbank to serve eligible people at local center

Posted: April 7, 2010 9:26 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
To help meet the nutritional needs of local low-income qualified seniors, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank — in conjunction with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, and the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging/SCV Senior Center — will hold free monthly food kit distributions at the Senior Center beginning with two initial visits in April.

The first Commodity Supplemental Food Program food distribution is slated for 1-3 p.m. today at the Senior Center, 22900 Market St. in Newhall. During that time, preliminary registration and food distributions will be held. On April 16 the registrations and distributions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

Beginning in May, the food distributions will be held once a month on the third Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Senior Center parking lot. That time slot, however, may eventually be moved to after lunch at the busy Senior Center.

“We’re as excited as we are grateful that the L.A. Regional Foodbank will be coming here to help feed seniors in need within the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Brad Berens, SCVCOA/Senior Center executive director. “Through the compassionate efforts of the Foodbank and the SCV Food Pantry — and our very own Home Delivered Meals program — our seniors who are most at risk for hunger or malnutrition are being nutritiously supported. And much may be said for the seniors’ peace of mind from knowing that reliable food resources are available, especially in these financially difficult times.”

To qualify for the L.A. Regional Foodbank distribution, persons must:
* Be 60 years of age and older
* Have photo identification
* Bring proof of income — Social Security, SSI or pension (bank statement, check stub, benefit award letter) or a Medi-Cal card

Income requirements: One-person household: $14,079/year or $1,174/month; Two-person household: $18,941/year or $1,579/month. A 53-foot delivery truck will bring the food items to the Center. The nutritious cargo will include non-perishable food kits prepared with nutritional needs in mind, and include meat, dry milk and related products, canned fruits and vegetables, cereals and grains, and more. Seniors are encouraged to bring push carts to the food distribution. Those who wish to have someone else (such as a friend, relative or neighbor) pick up their monthly food supply should bring that helper with them for the first visit.

Receiving food from the Foodbank does not disqualify seniors from also obtaining food from the SCV Food Pantry, said Belinda Crawford, Food Pantry executive director.

“Any senior over age 60 who meets the Commodity Supplemental Food Program guidelines can apply for this as well as the Food Pantry program,” Crawford said. “We’re hoping to reach 400-800 seniors through this program.”

For SCV Food Pantry distribution location/qualification information visit www.scvfoodpantry.org or call (661)255-9078 or e-mail: info@scvfoodpantry.org. The SCV Food Pantry is located at 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall. Note: The SCV Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food, volunteers and cash donations. To contact the SCV Senior Center call (661) 259-9444.


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