Commodity distribution set for Nov. 19


The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 500 E. 8th Ave.

In the Emergency Food Assistance Program, the USDA buys the food, including processing and packaging, and ships it to individual areas.

PBJCEOC administers commodities in five counties, including Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties.

Applicants for food commodities assistance must meet income eligibility. Income eligibility may be determined by meeting one of the following criteria: the household participation in the food stamp program; household meeting financial eligibility criteria requirements, which compare the household size and income to the state income guidelines of 130 percent poverty level; or a foster child or children being automatically eligible.

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 picture ID of the person requesting food and have a working knowledge of the household income. Additional information may be required during the interview process.

PBJCEOC is a private, nonprofit community action organization with the goal of alleviating poverty and assisting low-income individuals and families to secure knowledge, skills and opportunities to become self-sufficient and to lead lives of dignity.