Senior/Adult Programs

Friends of the Poor hosts events and provides services throughout the year that are specifically aimed at low-income seniors and adults.  They include: 

  • Holiday Community Dinners – FOTP hosts community dinners for adults and elderly who may not have anyone else with whom they can share a meal.  At Thanksgiving, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day, FOTP hosts a large community meal at with 3,000, 650, and 650 meals are served respectively. 
  • Senior Food Boxes – FOTP serves as a host agency for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP)Seniors with a gross household income of $1,316 per month for a 1-person household and $1,784 per month for a 2-person household are eligible for the CFSP, also known as the Senior Food Box Program.  Each monthly Senior Food Box contains 4 cans of vegetables, 2 cans of fruit, 2 bottles of juice, 2 boxes of cereal, 1 can of meat or fish, 1 non-meat protein, 2 quarts of shelf-stable milk, 2 pounds of pasta or rice and a 2-pound box of cheese.  Friends of the Poor distributes Senior Food Boxes at Jackson Terrace, Valley View Terrace, Hilltop Manor, and Washington West Apartments. 
  • Summer Weather Relief Program – Friends of the Poor partners with the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) to distribute air conditioners to low-income individuals over age 60 or those with a medical condition verified by a doctor.  These air conditioners are to prevent illness caused by extreme heat.