Commodities to be distributed at Convention Center

The Pine Bluff distribution for U.S. Department of Agriculture food is set for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 500 E. Eighth Ave.

Applicants for food commodities assistance must meet income eligibility. Income eligibility may be determined by meeting one of the following criteria: household participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) program; household meeting financial eligibility criteria requirements that compare the household size and income to the state income guidelines of 130 percent of the poverty level; or a foster child or children being a member of the household.

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.

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

The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission administers commodities in five counties, including Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties.

“With USDA Commodities, there’s help so low-income families struggling to make ends meet do not have to go without nutrition, which can be a huge health and safety concern” said David Knight, PBJCEOC executive director.

PBJCEOC is a private, nonprofit organization.