PBJCEOC’s commodity distributions set at new locations


The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will distribute food on Tuesday, May 14, at Altheimer City Hall and Wednesday, May 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 500 E. 8th St.

Energy efficient light bulbs will be provided to the first 300 participants.

Through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture buys the food and ships it to individual areas. PBJCEOC administers the commodity program in five counties: Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln.

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

For a household of one, the monthly countable income limit is $1,211. For each additional person in the household, add $414. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits. Additional information may be required.

To apply for assistance, the household should bring picture ID of the person requesting food, social security numbers, proof of all income and dates of birth for all household members.