RUTLEDGE – Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority’s (DCEA) Neighborhood Center in Rutledge will distribute free surplus commodity food to representatives of qualified Grainger County households in two separate locations during November.
The first distribution will take place Wednesday, November 8, in partnership with St. John Paul II Catholic Mission, located at 7735 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge. This is also in the same complex as Lil’s 2 (formerly D&T) Laundromat and behind Pizza Plus. This location will serve Blaine, Rutledge and Washburn residents. The distribution will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
The second distribution will take place Thursday, November 9, in partnership with Mayor Terry Wolfe at Bean Station Town Hall, located at 785 Main Street, Bean Station. This location will serve Bean Station and Thorn Hill residents. The distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1 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 state-established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. Anyone receiving aid from one of the following programs is eligible for USDA commodities: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Stamps), Families First, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or documented residence in public housing.
Each person may pick up for their household and one other only, with a permission slip. Permission slips must be picked up at the Neighborhood Center (located next to Subway in Rutledge) 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 no exceptions.
USDA Commodities is funded through an agreement with the Department of Agriculture, and are distributed on a first-come, first-served 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 Grainger County Neighborhood Center at (865) 828-5228.