Agency to administer commodities Wednesday

The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will administer food commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Applicants for food commodities assistance must meet income eligibility requirements. Income eligibility will be determined by one of the following criteria: the household participation in the food stamp program, financial criteria comparing household size with state income guidelines (130 percent poverty level), or automatic eligibility for foster children. For a household of one the monthly countable income limit is $1,245. For each additional person in the household add $436. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

To apply for assistance, the household should bring a picture ID of the person requesting food and have a working knowledge of household income. Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance.

For additional information, contact PBJCEOC at 1-800-277-1313 or visit