Nourish Our Kūpuna
Senior Food Box
The Senior Food Box Program, otherwise known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), provides a monthly box of quality USDA food to low-income kūpuna.
For participating kūpuna, CSFP provides more than just food and nourishment. It also helps to combat the poor health conditions often found in kūpuna who are at risk of hunger and experiencing food insecurity. CSFP helps vulnerable kūpuna from having to choose between food and other basic needs. The food provided in each Senior Food Box can play an important role in combatting the health consequences of senior hunger and, ultimately, can help kūpuna avoid costly hospitalizations and nursing home placements.
Senior Food Boxes are specifically designed to supplement needed sources of nutrients typically lacking in participants’ diets. Boxes include foods such as cereal, juice, protein, milk, peanut butter, dry beans, potatoes, grains, rice, cheese, fruit, vegetables and more.
The State of Hawaiʻi first received approval to participate in CSFP in 2015. The most current CSFP State Plan specifies program details, including eligibility requirements:
- Age: Participants must be at least 60 years of age.
- Income: Each applicant must self-declare that their household income is at or below 130% of the US Federal Poverty Income Guidelines for the State of Hawaiʻi.
- Residency: Applicants must reside in the service area to which they are applying for.
- Each participant may receive CSFP benefits at one (1) distribution location.
Original applications should be mailed to:
2611 Kilihau St.
Honolulu, HI 96819
For each additional household member, add:
Participating Food Partner Agencies
Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus
Hawaii Cedar Church
Hawaiʻi Foodbank – Wai‘anae CSFP Distribution
Mānana Community Park (Temporary Site)
Nanaikapono Protestant Church
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
St. Jude Catholic Church
- St. Michael Outreach Parish
- The Parish of St. Clement
- Waimānalo District Park
Program Rules and Regulations
- ID CARD: You will need to present a valid state or federally-issued photo ID card in order to receive your Senior Food Box at each CSFP distribution. If you do not have one, please contact Jennifer Schantz, CSFP coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-954-7868 as soon as possible.
- ENROLLMENT: You are enrolled for 12 months at a time and are required to recertify for CSFP participation every year. You must continue to meet all CSFP eligibility requirements at the time of recertification.
- INFORMATION CHANGE: You must inform Hawaiʻi Foodbank in writing within 10 days of any changes to your contact information.
- FOOD PICK-UP: You may actively participate at only one CSFP distribution site. You may request a site change with a written request. If you do not pick up a box for three (3) months in a row, you will be removed from the program for being an inactive participant. We understand that circumstances may occasionally limit you from picking up your box (e.g. doctors’ appointments, vacation, etc.). In these cases, you must contact Jennifer Schantz, CSFP coordinator, at email@example.com or 808-954-7868 prior to the distribution in order to receive an absence exemption.
- REAPPLICATION: If you are removed from the CSFP program for being an inactive participant, you are allowed to reapply for benefits by filling out another CSFP application. If there is a wait list, however, your application will go on the list according to the date it was received.
- WAIT LIST: Due to the high demand for Senior Food Boxes and a limited number of availability, all CSFP distribution sites currently have wait lists. Your name will be placed on the wait list in the order your application was received. While on the wait list, you will not be guaranteed a box each month. At the end of each CSFP distribution, extra available boxes are distributed to clients on the wait list. If you are on the wait list and would like to try to obtain a box at the end of a CSFP distribution, it is recommended that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the end of the distribution time.
- USE OF FOOD: You cannot trade or sell CSFP food, and you cannot purchase or use someone else’s CSFP food for your household.
- TERMINATION: You will be notified in writing of termination from the CSFP program, and you have the right to a fair hearing.
- FAIR HEARING: If you are found ineligible for the CSFP program during a recertification review, you have the right to a fair hearing in accordance with the provisions of federal and state law.
- PROGRAM STATUS: Your name will not be placed on the sign-in sheet at a CSFP distribution site until we receive your completed application and you notify us of your site selection. We will then send a notice of action to inform you of your status in the program.
Questions About the Program?
Participation in the Senior Food Box Program requires advance registration. To see if you qualify or to register for the program, please contact Jennifer Schantz, CSFP coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-954-7868.
Must be able to read, write and speak in English and any language other than English (Hawaiian, Cantonese, Chuukese, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, etc.). Basic computer skills and customer service skills are also required.
If interested, please contact email@example.com.