From:                              Cindy Brown []

Sent:                               Friday, May 14, 2010 10:19 AM


Subject:                          Food Bank press release for Web site


Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc.

N E W S   R E L E A S E

(724) 437-6050



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        Contact: Cindy Ekas-Brown

May 13, 2010                                     PR/Outreach Specialist                                                                                             (724) 437-6050, extension 4276


                               Additional food boxes available for senior citizens


An additional 50 food boxes will be available in June for eligible senior citizens through Fayette County Community Action Agency (FCCAA) Inc.’s Food Bank.


The additional boxes will be available through an expanded federal food program administered by the state Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Distribution. The program will serve more than 32,000 older Pennsylvanians in every county.


The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) allows the state to provide an additional 18,000 people with the nutrition they need to remain healthy.


The CSFP provides food, including canned fruits and vegetables, non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, pasta, oats, peanut butter, poultry, canned meats, a two-pound block of cheese and more.


In Fayette County, registration for the food boxes will be held at the following dates and locations:

·         9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 17, Connellsville Senior Citizens’ Center, 100 E. Fayette St.

·         1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, Uniontown Senior Citizens’ Center, 137 N. Beeson Ave.

·         11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, McClellandtown United Presbyterian Church, Route 21.

·         Tuesday, June 8, Point Marion United Methodist Church, 502 Morgantown St. Call 724-437-6050, extension 1264, for the time.

·         9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, Crosskeys Republic Senior Center, corner of North and Fair Garden streets, Republic.

·         9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, Masontown Senior Center, Main Street.


Jamie Brink, project manager for FCCAA’s Food Bank, said the number of boxes, which are referred to as banana or cheese boxes, will increase from 870 to 920 in the county, beginning in June.


“This is a new fiscal year, and all past recipients need to register again,” Brink said. “We do not guarantee slots for people who have already been in the program.”


Those registering are asked to provide proof of their household income and birth dates even if they have been in the program in the past, Brink said.


Seniors age 60 and older who meet income guidelines will be eligible to receive the banana boxes.

The current income guidelines are as follows: one person, $14,079 a year; two people, $18,941; three, $23,803; four, $28,665; five, $33,527; six, $38,389; seven, $43,251; and eight, $48,113. For each additional family member, add $4,862.


Brink stressed that the banana boxes are additional, and participants will still be eligible for the regular Food Bank and the Farmers’ Market coupons.


“During the past year, we have had an increase of people in the program and a waiting list,” Brink said. “The additional 50 boxes will help us to serve more seniors in Fayette County.”


Even though the agency will reach its goal of 920 boxes a month, Brink said a waiting list could indicate an even greater need for funding.


“If another county wouldn’t reach its goal, there is a chance we could receive additional boxes because we could show a waiting list and a need for additional help,” she said.


For more information, call Brink at the Food Bank at 724-437-6050, extension 1264.