The Food Services Program provides emergency food assistance, daily meals, food programs for seniors, winter holiday baskets and a healthy pantry initiative for the residents of Pottstown.
Our NEW SmartChoice Virtual Pantry allows clients to shop for a three day emergency supply of food once a month. The distribution of the food is regulated by State and Federal guidelines. Because of the generous donations of our supporters, most shoppers leave with a grocery cart full of food.
To qualify for the Food Pantry Pottstown residents must have income that falls below 150% of the Federal Poverty guidelines. Also they must provide 1. Proof of residency in Pottstown (lease, mortgage, utility bill) 2. Photo ID for everyone in the household 18 years or older. 3. A birth certificate for any household member 17 years of age or younger ( or official proof of the minor’s residency in the home).
If a resident is in need but cannot provide documents needed we will provide groceries for the first month using donated food only, while the documents are gathered. Homeless residents will be able to shop monthly for donated food items.
All appointments for the Outreach Center will be on a daily first come first served basis, Tuesday through Friday morning starting at 10:30am. Twenty-eight households each day will receive groceries. If you do not come in time to be one of the first 28, you are welcome to come the next day. You do not need to call for an appointment. You are able to receive food 1 time each month. You do not need to wait 4 weeks before coming again, as long as it is a new month.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program was implemented to improve the health of Senior Citizens through better nutrition. Participants must be 60 years of age or older and meet income requirements. Qualified seniors will receive a monthly box of food that contains a variety of basic staples.
To register for CSFP seniors need to show Proof of age, residency and household income.
Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program
The Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program seeks to aid seniors and farmers in Pennsylvania by providing qualified seniors with $20.00 in checks that may be used only at participating Farmer’s Markets to buy PA grown produce. The program runs from June to September and the checks may be used through November. Participants must be 60 years or older during the current calendar year, a Montgomery County resident, and living on a limited income.
Holiday Dinner Baskets
In October we register families to receive a box of groceries that will make a complete holiday dinner. The boxes are handed out during the third week of December.
Healthy Pantry Initiative
Wise Food Shopper Program - Grand Opening March 2015
The Wise Food Shopper's goal is to promote healthier families by educating family members to make wise food choices whenever they are selecting food for the family table. We will use nutrition classes for a core group, shopping in our pantry with a nutritionist mentor, signage in the pantry, and informational hand-outs for all.