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New senior food assistance program offered in Barry County

Monday, April 12, 2010

Beginning in May, the Cassville United Methodist Church will offer the Senior Box Program to eligible seniors each month. It is a government program administered through the Department of Health and Senior Services that provides nutritious food packages to low income individuals who are 60 years old and above.

The food package has a value of around $50 and consists of canned meat, fruits, vegetables, cheese, cereals and grain products and milk products. There will be a food box provided to certified clients who have been authorized to get a box every month on a specified pick-up date and time.

Participants must attend a sign-up event to be considered for the program. The initial sign-up is critical since this will establish a set number of boxes that the local agency will be allocated by the government.

Sign-ups will be available on later dates, but those applicants will likely be placed on a waiting list. Applications will be taken on Tuesday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and on Thursday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals who want to be considered as Senior Box recipients must attend one of these two sign-up events.

Applicants who are 60 years of age and older and have a limited income must bring the following item the sign-up event: a photo ID; proof of Barry County residence; proof of date of birth; and proof of income for all household members.

Once eligibility is established and a case is assigned to a participant, they will only need to be certified every six months. The church will be allocated a limited number of boxes for this program, and it is possible that an applicant will be placed on a waiting list.

Senior boxes will be distributed once per month at the Cassville United Methodist Church on the Friday that follows the third Monday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. The first date of distribution will be on May 21. Distribution will take place from the church's Sixth and Gravel Street entrance. Subsequent distribution dates will be on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 20 with ongoing dates to be announced. Certified clients must be able to pick up the box themselves (each box weighs approximately 25 pounds) or bring someone with them to carry it. The agency must see the recipient in person who will present their own ID to receive a box. Participants must commit to picking up their own box each and every month on the designated date and time of distribution or be subject to termination from the program.
The senior box program is offered in addition to the USDA TEFAP Commodities program offered at the Methodist Church in Cassville. Qualified persons can participate in both the Commodities and the Senior Box programs.

For more information, call Janet Mills in the Cassville United Methodist Church office at 847-2328.

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