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Brown Bag Food programs offered by senior centers or other community organizations, generally outside the food pantry network, that pack shopping bags (or other containers) with a supply of nutritional donated and surplus food for distribution to low-income individuals or families, students or older adults to supplement their meals at home.

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Food Lines programs provide boxes or bags of food on a first come, first served basis for eligible people who line up, usually on a designated date at a specified time, to receive service.

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Commodity Supplemental Food program is a federally funded program that works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six and elderly people age 60 and older who meet income eligibility requirements by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. The program provides food and administrative funds to states to supplement the diets of these groups.  Individuals cannot simultaneously benefit from the WIC program and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

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Food Supplements programs provide liquid nutrition supplements for older adults and/or people with disabilities who, for medical reasons, are unable to derive sufficient nutrients from a regular diet. Also included are programs that provide high calorie liquid supplements needed by cancer patients and others who have difficulty swallowing, digesting or keeping solid foods down.

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Home Delivered Meals programs prepare and deliver regular meals to older adults and people with disabilities who are unable to shop and/or prepare the food for themselves or travel to a site where a meal is being served.

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Congregate Meal Sites programs provide hot meals on a regular basis for people who are elderly, adults with disabilities or other targeted populations who may be at risk for nutritional deficits without assistance and who can profit from an opportunity to socialize with others. Congregate meals are often combined with recreational, educational and social activities.

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Special Diet Food and Special Feeding Programs provide appropriate food for people with food allergies or medical problems, or who require a special diet, like a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet for heart disease, a low-sodium diet for high blood pressure or a low-calorie diet for weight reduction.  In some communities there are special diet programs that provide kosher or halal food.  Special Feeding Programs provide liquid diet or other alternatives for people who take food and/or liquids orally due to physical or medical conditions like chemotherapy. 

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Pet Food programs supply dried or canned dog or cat food, bird seed, fodder or other types of sustenance for animals and other creatures that people keep as pets. Also included are programs that provide financial assistance that enables owners to purchase food for their pets.

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