Commodity Distribution is Aug. 22

Friday, August 17, 2012

A commodity distribution for Poinsett County is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. until food supplies are gone at three location: Marked Tree Fire Station 102 Liberty Street, Trumann Sports Complex 16179 Pecan Grove Road and Weiner City Hall 123 Second Street.

Persons receiving USDA food must reside in the county in which the distribution is taking place and meet income guidelines that have been set for the emergency food assistance program.

At the time of distribution, information cards will filled out for all recipients. Recipients will need to provide the following information: name, address, family size and combined monthly income of the household. An appropriate form of identification such as a driver's license, social security card or picture identification card must be shown at this time also. Recipients who are unable to carry the food they receive should bring someone to assist them.

Recipients will only be allowed to pick up commodity foods for themselves and one additional household. To pick up food items for a shut-in, elderly person or other qualified household, the person picking up the food must have a signed Authorization Slip with all information on it from the person he or she is picking up for. The note must also contain the name, address, family size and combined monthly income of the person receiving the food. Case workers picking up for larger groups must make prior arrangements with the USDA Coordinator.

Commodity foods are distritbuted on a first come, first served basis. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas and the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap, religion or national origin. Bilingual translators are not available on site.

For more information about the distribution of commodity foods, questions concerning eligibility for this program or to volunteer to work, contact Judy Becker at the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas by calling 870-932-3663.

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