Surplus Food To Be Available For Needy Families

September 17, 1991

Government surplus food will be available at 23 different churches, community associations and housing authority buildings between 8 a.m.and 6 p.m. next Thursday for eligible county families.

Rice, potatoes, butter, flour, vegetarian beans, applesauce, honey and canned pork will be available to anyone now receiving welfare, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Food Stamps Assistance, Medicaid, Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), or people earning less than150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Surplus food from the United States Department of Agriculture is made available in the county four times each year through Operation Food Sharing -- a joint project coordinated by the county executive's office and the county food bank. It relies on the cooperative effortsof volunteers at county churches and communitygroups.

Participants must bring to the site proof of participation -- a Social Security card, food stamp card, Medicaid card, MEAP card, AFDC card, award letters -- and two large grocery bags.

Income limits for eligibility range from an annual salary of $9,420 for a one-person household to $31,890 for a family of eight.

For additional information, call 626-1900 in North County or 956-6917.

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