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DCEA in Jefferson City plans to make food distribution simpler for recipients

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority’s Neighborhood Center in Jefferson City has determined that it would like to better serve the residents of Jefferson County by making it a bit easier to reach a USDA commodity food distribution site without having to use a lot of gas to get there.

 Therefore, DCEA will be distributing free surplus commodity food to representatives of qualified Jefferson County households in two separate locations in February.

 The first distribution will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Jefferson City at the National Guard Armory located off Old Andrew Johnson Highway. The location will best serve Jefferson City, New Market, Dandridge and Strawberry Plains residents. The distribution will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

 The second distribution will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 in partnership with the Town of White Pine at the building next to the White Pine Senior Center on 1820 Maple Street. The location will best serve White Pine, Dandridge, Chestnut Hill, and Swannsylvania residents. The distribution will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

 Residents are encouraged to note that each qualifying household may only receive USDA commodity foods one time per month, therefore a household will not be able to receive food from both distribution locations. In addition, the schedule for either location is subject to change due to availability of food to be distributed.

 Eligibility will be based on total household income not in excess of the Stateestablished maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. Also, anyone receiving aid from one of the following programs is eligible for USDA commodities: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps), Families First, Supplemental Security Income, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or documented residence in public housing.

 Each person may pick up for his/her household and one other only, with a permission slip. Permission slips must be picked up at the Neighborhood Center (1429 Maple Street in Jefferson City) before the day of the distribution and must be completely filled out before residents come to the site and pick up for another household. DCEA cannot accept handwritten permission notes. There are not exceptions.

 USDA Commodities is funded through an agreement with the Department of Agriculture, and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis to qualified households without regard to race, sex, religious, handicap/disability or national origin. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 For more information contact the DCEA Jefferson County Neighborhood Center at 865-475-4745.