Commodities to be Distributed to Area Residents This Month

Commodities to be Distributed to Area Residents This Month

The latest commodities distribution in the area will take place on Wednesday, August 19th from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm at the First United Methodist Church, located at 740 West 11th Street in Concordia.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides free United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity foods to low-income households throughout Kansas.  The foods may include canned vegetables, fruit, juice, meat, cereal, peanut butter, nonfat dry milk, and pasta.  Each shipment provides a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 foods per household.

Typically, food is shipped five to six times per year to participating organizations for distribution.  But the First United Methodist Church, which has been coordinating the distribution since 2014, was notified in May that the distribution will take place monthly until further notice.

Persons who work but have low income, as well as those who do not work, are eligible for this program.  Persons must be Kansas residents.  They must apply in their home county, provide proof of their amount of income and household size if asked, and must sign a form stating that they qualify for the program.  Persons may pick up food at only one location in their community.

The state released new income guidelines for the program on May 1st.  For an individual, the maximum gross monthly income to qualify is $1,383.  For a two-person household, the maximum gross monthly income to qualify is $1,868.  For a household of three, the maximum gross monthly income increases to $2,353.  For a four-person household, the maximum gross monthly income is $2,839.  And for a five-person household, the maximum gross monthly income is $3,324.

Do not forget to bring income verification with you.

Please leave space available in the backseat of your car or in your trunk for the volunteers to load the items.  All volunteers will be wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

For more information, you can call the First United Methodist Church at (785) 243-4560.