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Leo Buscaglia

How to Register

Registering to receive food from the Greater Washington County Food Bank is as simple as picking up the phone and calling 724-229-8175 or stopping by the Food Bank Administrative Offices located in Eighty Four, Pa.

Once the initial contact is made, the friendly and compassionate staff of the Food Bank will work with each family or individual to fill out the appropriate paperwork necessary prior to receiving any food or supplies. For applicants age 60 and over the staff will also determine their eligibility for the CSFP program and complete necessary paperwork so they can be placed on the waiting list.

CSFP – Commodities Supplemental Food Program

The Commodities Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, is a program created for very low income seniors who are at 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or less. These seniors can receive a box of canned food and a cheese item each month. Each box is made up of: two vegetables, two fruits, juice, peanut butter, pasta, canned meat, cereal, powdered or shelf-stable milk, and other nutritious items.

Requirements

There are a few requirements that families must adhere to prior to receiving any food from the Greater Washington County Food Bank in accordance with not only the pantry's guidelines, but also the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) policy.

When a family or individual is referred to the Greater Washington County Food Bank, they must provide certain required information including:

  • The number of people living in the household
  • Gross monthly income
  • Proof of residency

To be eligible for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), families or individuals must be a resident of Washington County and they must meet the 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Eligibility is based on the following income guidelines:


Household
Size
Annual
Income
Monthly
Income
Weekly
Income
1 $17,235 $1,436 $331
2 $23,265 $1,939 $447
3 $29,295 $2,441 $563
4 $35,325 $2,944 $679
5 $41,355 $3,446 $795
6 $47,385 $3,949 $911
7 $53,415 $4,451 $1,027
8 $59,445 $4,954 $1,143
For each additional person add: $6,030 $503 $116

Once the requirements are met and established, the Food Bank will determine what pantry site is nearest to the residency. If the pantry is not distributing within the week, the Food Bank will provide the family or individual with an emergency distribution of dry, canned and frozen meat products as well as the information for the pantry that they can visit each month.

Emergency Boxes

If a family is over the income guidelines, the Food Bank will assist them with a one-time Emergency box. Emergency boxes are also avilable for other special circumstances one time per year, like those who have not registered at a local pantry site or to assist families that have been affected by a catastrophe or family emergency. The E-Boxes are made up of donated product designed to serve those in immediate need.

Please contact the Greater Washington County Food Bank at 724-229-8175 for additional information about E-Boxes.


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