My Groceries to Go! — otherwise known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program — is a federal program that provides food to low-income seniors. Through partnerships with local nonprofits like the Maryland Food Bank, the program channels boxes of nutritious USDA foods into senior communities.
Along with children and the working poor, older Marylanders are among the most at-risk of food insecurity due to circumstances like inconsistent income, limited mobility, and poor health. My Groceries to Go! is critical to ensuring that Maryland’s food-insecure seniors receive the food assistance they need to lead healthy lives.
Who Can Register?
Any Baltimore City resident 60 years and older with an income level that is at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines may apply for My Groceries to Go!
In plain terms, this means that a senior living alone can receive assistance only if they have an annual income of $15,678 or less; and for seniors living in a household of two and three people, the income cutoff is increased gradually to $21,112 and $26,546 respectively.
How Does It Work?
Through the My Groceries to Go! program, MFB partners with senior centers and other community organizations across Baltimore City and County to target populations of low-income seniors who may be eligible to receive assistance.
MFB employees assist clients in filling out their applications with the necessary documentation and then process the applications on the spot.
Once registered and approved, clients are either put on the wait list or active list and receive information on when, where, and how they can pick up their monthly box of food. The boxes are heavy — between 30-40 pounds — and we encourage clients to bring a cart or a helping hand when retrieving their supplemental food assistance.
A Great Collaboration
In order to provide our clients with this vital resource, MFB works in partnership with the Maryland Department of Aging as well as dozens of partners and housing facilities that serve a primarily senior demographic in the city.
USDA Food is delivered regularly to MFB each month. This food is then packed into boxes by MFB volunteers for distribution at designated pick-up sites.
Want to Learn More?
To see if you qualify for My Groceries to Go!, call the food bank at (410) 737-8282 and ask for our CSFP Program Coordinator.