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Helping Seniors

Senior Commodities

Provides a staple of nutritious USDA supplied food items for low-income adults age 60 and older, and intended to supplement other food sources over a two-month period. This is an additional service available to eligible seniors.

How to Get Help

Commodity Boxes are distributed bimonthly at our 1616 Lewis Street Pantry. Recipients of Commodity Boxes must be at least 60 years of age and under the income guideline set at 130% of the federal poverty level.

Emergency Snack Packs

14%

of HFS customers are senior citizens.

Bulk Oatmeal

74 homebound seniors

are delivered HFS commodity boxes.

HFS Commodity Boxes

Nearly 375 seniors

receive commodity food.

Senior Farmers Market Coupons

Gives low-income adults age 60 and older a $50 supply of coupons to shop at the local Farmer’s Market, allowing them to enhance their food resources with fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit. This program includes coupons that can be used at the Helena Farmer’s Market.

How to Get Help

Farmer’s Market Coupons are distributed annually in June at our 1616 Lewis Street Pantry. To be eligible for Farmer’s Market Coupons, recipients must be at least 60 years of age and under the income guideline set at 185% of the federal poverty level.

HFS Farmers Market Produce

$50

of coupons to low-income seniors.

HFS Farmers Market Table

300 seniors

receive coupons each summer.

HFS Farmers Market Produce

5

months seniors can shop local markets with coupons.

Senior Commodity Distribution Dates

Helena Food Share – 1616 Lewis St., Helena, MT 59601
September 25 & 26 – 8:00 am to 10:30 am

East Helena Pantry – United Methodist Church
50 Prickly Pear Avenue N., East Helena, MT 59635
Monday, September 23, 2019 – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 60+ years of age
  • 2018 Income Guidelines – Monthly income from all sources must be less than:
    • $1,316 for a household of one
    • $1,784 for a household of two
    • $2,252 for a household of three

*Senior Commodities are made possible by a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Development Council.