Our Brown Bag: Food for Elders program provides a free bag of healthy groceries to eligible seniors once a month at local senior centers and community organizations. The food items are specifically selected to meet seniors’ special dietary requirements to help them stay healthy and active.
The Brown Bag program is for people over the age of 55 who meet certain income guidelines. If you qualify for SSI, Medicaid, Fuel Assistance, Veteran’s Aid or have a documented disability for which you receive SSDI , you probably qualify to receive Brown Bag monthly groceries.
Ways to apply: Call The Food Bank at (413) 247-9738 or 1-800-247-9632 for additional information or assistance. Part of the porcess includes filling out an application. If you want to download a printable application (available in English or Spanish) from our website you can mail it to: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, 97 North Hatfield Road, P.O. Box 160, Hatfield, MA 01038
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is a non-profit clearinghouse which warehouses donated food & redistributes it to non-profit programs. The Food Bank distributes a variety of food to the Brown Bag program: food for elders; food pantries, community meals programs, shelters, childcare centers, and other food assistance programs. These agencies serve as front-line providers of food assistance, providing emergency food directly to our neighbors in need. OUr website has a locator tool below to locate a program near you.
The once a month Brown Bag Program asometimes provides the bags of food at the same time & place as the congregate meal sites sponsored by Highland Valley Elder Services. Volunteer opportunities are available. Newsletters which include nutritional information provided to local councils on aging; Nutrition & other free workshops offered as well.