Commodity distribution is Feb. 27 for Poinsett County

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A commodity distribution for Poinsett County is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, or until food supplies are gone. The distribution will take place at three locations: Marked Tree Fire Station at 102 Liberty, Trumann Sports Complex at 16179 Pecan Grove Rd, and Weiner City Hall at 123 W. 2nd. In the event of inclement weather, the commodity distribution will be rescheduled for a later date.

According to Kellye Schwarz, USDA Coordinator for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, persons receiving the USDA food must reside in the county in which the distribution is taking place. Recipients must also meet the income guidelines that have been set for the emergency food assistance program.

At the time of the distribution, information cards will be 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.

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 the following information on it from the person he or she is picking up for: name, address, family size and combined monthly income of the household receiving the food. Case workers picking up for large groups must make prior arrangements with the Program Coordinator.

Commodity foods are distributed 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. Bi-lingual translators are not available on site. For more information about the distribution of commodity foods, questions concerning eligibility for this program, contact Kellye Schwarz at the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas by calling (870) 932-3663.

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  • I have been involved if food distrubution in North Carolina for several months. It is a needed program, I am sure that Poinsett County is no different that North Carolina, there are hungry people everywhere.

    -- Posted by ripsaw on Sat, Feb 23, 2013, at 10:10 AM
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