Pennsylvania Offers Free Food Boxes To Seniors

More than three hundred thousand Pennsylvanians may qualify for some free nutritious foods to supplement their diets through the Senior Food Box Program.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE | Established to help struggling seniors throughout the commonwealth, The Senior Food Box Program reduces the risk of disease and illnesses by providing nutrients that diets may otherwise be lacking. Currently serving over 30,000 Pennsylvanians, the program, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), can support 36,218 low-income seniors. 

“One hungry older Pennsylvanian is one too many. Through valued partnerships, we’re working towards an ultimate goal of eliminating hunger,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “And I’m proud to say, we’re making progress for our seniors. The Senior Food Box Program is now more accessible thanks to a rebranding and new partnerships. I hope that with easier access to reliable food on the table, we’re taking stress off the table.”

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA), food insecurity and hunger can harm the health and well-being of older adults. Poor food intake causes nutritional deficiencies that can increase the risk of disease or worsen existing conditions, decreasing independence. The food boxes include non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Interested in Participating?

Seniors interested in participating should submit the self-certification form to the PDA via email at, with the title “SENIOR FOOD BOX APPLICATION.” 

Applicants can also call 800-468-2433 to speak with the regional food bank distributing the Senior Food Box in their county of residence.

Refer to the Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Have a question about the Senior Food Box Program?

Call 800-468-2433, or email