Supplemental Grocery Program for Seniors
The Brown Bag Program
The Brown Bag Program of the West Alabama Food Bank is a supplemental grocery program for eligible individuals age 60 and older who live in Houston, Henry, Dale, Coffee, Geneva and Barbour counties in Alabama. Each month seniors are provided bags of groceries during the third week of the month – the time when most budgets are depleted. Seniors receive groceries from one of 23 distribution sites set up throughout our service area, usually churches, senior centers or community resource centers. There is no cost to the individuals served and eligibility is determined by using the federal income guidelines for poverty. The Brown Bag program is designed to help those whose main source of income is Social Security, and who normally have to choose between nutritious foods and crucial medications.
The bulk of the food provided comes from the Food Bank. The food is donated to the Food Bank by wholesalers, grocers and distributors who receive a charitable contribution deduction on their taxes and enjoy the benefit of seeing that good food goes to those who need it. Along with the food obtained through the Food Bank, food is also donated through food drives hosted by civic groups, religious organizations, individuals, businesses and other organizations.
Funding for the program comes through donations. Through the sponsorship program, $65 provides an individual with this service for an entire year, however, donations of any amount help and are greatly appreciated.
How you can help provide food for Seniors
If you’d like to help the Brown Bag program, there are several ways to do so. You can help by sponsoring program participants, hosting a food drive to benefit the Brown Bag program, volunteering at a distribution site, volunteering to deliver groceries to homebound individuals and helping to find additional sources of donated food, especially fresh produce.