Senior Food Boxes

CSFP: The Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Many older adults rely on assistance from Food Bank member agencies to get by. They may be living on a fixed income, experience unexpected increases in the cost of living or unplanned expenses, be providing support for their families, or have unexpected health issues; just to name a few. Fortunately, the Food Bank supports Rhode Island’s older residents with programs to keep them fed with healthy, nutritious food.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal program designed to provide extra support to seniors facing food insecurity. The program is administered by the State of Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging, which contracts with the Food Bank to supply 2,240 participating older adults with a monthly box of healthy staples. Boxes are distributed through our member agencies and at low-income senior high rises.

What’s in a CSFP Senior Box?

Every month, volunteers at the Food Bank pack boxes with federal commodities available to the program. While the contents of the box vary from month to month, they may contain foods like dry cereal, canned chicken, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter or beans, pasta or rice, and cans of fruit and vegetables. Boxes also come with a two-pound package of cheese that requires refrigeration. Each box meets the federal nutritional standards for seniors aged 60 and older to thrive.

Apply for CSFP

CSFP Sites in Rhode Island

“Public” sites include food pantries and senior centers that are open to the public, where CSFP recipients can pick up their food box once they’ve signed up.

  • Bristol
      • East Bay Food Pantry

  • Harrisville
      • St. Patrick’s Church

  • Providence

      • Da Vinci Center for Community Progress, Inc.

      • St. Raymond’s Church

      • Project Outreach

      • Federal Hill House Olneyville

      • Federal Hill House Pantry

      • West End Community Center

  • Smithfield
      • Ocean State Baptist Church

  • Tiverton
      • Tiverton Housing for the Elderly

  • Warren
      • St. Mary Church

  • Warwick
      • Pilgrim Senior Center

“Private” sites are restricted to residents of the CSFP local distribution site. If you are a resident of one of the following local distribution sites, you can pick up your box there once you have signed up.

    • Central Falls
        • Central Falls Housing Authority Forand Manor

        • Central Falls Housing Authority Wilfrid Manor

    • Cranston
        • Presidential Place, Inc.

    • Cumberland
        • Chimney Hill Apartments

    • Johnston
        • Simmons Village

    • Pawtucket
        • Pawtucket Housing Fogarty Manor

        • Pawtucket Housing Kennedy Manor

        • Pawtucket Housing Burns Manor

        • VJ Doyle Manor

    • Providence
        • Aaron Briggs Manor

        • Adelante Apartments

        • Dexter Manor

        • Dominica Manor

        • Grace Apartments

        • Hillcrest Village Apartments
        • Huntington Tower

        • Olmsted Gardens, Inc.

        • Oxford Place & Gardens Apartments

        • PCOC Parenti Villa Senior High Rise Pantry

        • Pocasset Manor

        • St. Elizabeth Place Providence

        • Valley Apartments

    • Warwick
        • Shalom I

Additional Resources

The POINT – Rhode Island’s Aging & Disability Resource Center
(401) 462-4444

RI Office of Healthy Aging
(401) 462-3000

RI Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)
Bus Pass Program for Seniors & People with Disabilities
Low-income persons with a disability or age 65 and above may ride free of charge with a RIPTA “No Fare ID Pass”. For more information on how to apply, please call (401) 784-9500 ext. 1197 or ext. 1604.

Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Register
This system is designed to identify individuals who may require special assistance during emergencies.
Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community.

Medical Assistance through Medicare

Social Security Administration

Civil Rights Regulations & Policies

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. Fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email:
    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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