Eligible Bradley County residents may come in and pick up commodity allocations under the USDA Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program. This shipment is scheduled to be distributed at the Bradley-Cleveland Community Services Agency, 155 6th St. S.E., from 9 a.m. to noon or until supplies are exhausted.
Appointments have been scheduled for this distribution; therefore, clients will be seen according to the appointment listed on the back of their red card issued during the last distribution. New cards were issued in October.
Applicants who wish to have their commodities picked up for them must send their authorized representatives. If this person is not available, they must send a note authorizing the individual to pick up their commodities.
Individuals who do not already have commodity cards may come in after 1 p.m. and pick up any remaining commodities. They must bring the necessary information to prove eligibility. Household categories which are eligible to receive the commodities are as follows:
Food Stamp recipient; Families First (former AFDC program) recipients; SSI (Supplemental Security Income) recipients; income not exceeding the poverty guidelines; public housing; and LIEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) recipients.
Households may prove they meet the criteria by bringing one of the following documents of proof:
Food stamps — letter of approval, identification card or inert card that comes from Stamps;
Families First — Letter of approval and Families first identification card;
SSI — Letter of approval or letter from Social Security; Low-income household — income information; Public Housing — Address identification.
If a person is picking up the commodities for someone else, he or she must bring a note from the recipient saying the recipient is eligible for a predetermined amount of each commodities as long as they last. Recipients are urged to bring two grocery bags with them.
Households should remember that misrepresentation of need or exchange of USDA commodities are prohibited and could result in a fine, imprisonment or both.