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May 19, 2021 - Phoenixville, PA

Wolf Administration Improves Access to Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, Encourages Enrollment

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Aging Secretary Robert Torres joined seniors at Kings Terrace to announce steps to increase access to Pennsylvania's Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors. Giving the program a new name and removing proof of income requirements are among the barriers to participation the state is removing, with the goal of encouraging seniors to take advantage of the program.

Formally known as Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the program previously required seniors to provide documented proof of their income when they applied to receive a food box. The new procedure requires only a statement of income.

"We want to take hunger off the table for Pennsylvania's seniors. They shouldn't be worrying about whether to eat or pay for utilities and prescriptions," said Redding. "They've supported their families or communities for a lifetime, and we want to support them now.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>New branding stickers are pictured during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Aging Secretary Robert Torres speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>John Sudolsky, senior food box program manager for the Share Food Program, left, and Kristin Lide-Hall, assistant chief program officer for the Share Food Program put together a food box during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>John Sudolsky, senior food box program manager for the Share Food Program, speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Caryn Long Earl, director of the Bureau of Food Distribution for the PA Dept of Agriculture, speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>John Sudolsky, senior food box program manager for the Share Food Program, arranges food during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sheila Christopher, executive director of Hunger Free Pennsylvania, speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Aging Secretary Robert Torres speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Sen. Carolyn T. Comitta speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, left, and Sheila Christopher, executive director of Hunger Free Pennsylvania, put a new logo on food boxes for seniors, during a press conference announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>John Sudolsky, senior food box program manager for the Share Food Program, speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Caryn Long Earl, director of the Bureau of Food Distribution for the PA Dept of Agriculture, speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of Aging Secretary Robert Torres speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18761_AGRIC_Senior_Food_Box_NK_018.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sheila Christopher, executive director of Hunger Free Pennsylvania, speaks during a press conference, announcing steps to increase access to Pennsylvanias Senior Food Boxes, a supplemental food program available free to lower income seniors, outside Kings Terrace in Phoenixville on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.