Another long line of cars back up traffic at GDOE free food distribution point

Guam Department of Education is seeking help from village mayors to help with the distribution of food to island residents. (PNC file photo)

Another long line of cars backed up traffic again Friday morning along Marine Corps Drive in Piti. Drivers were waiting to collect boxes of basic food commodities from the Guam DOE warehouse.

This latest round of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) began on Wednesday and will continue again next Wednesday and again next Friday for as long as the commodities last.

No proof of need is required.

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All island residents, whether impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or not, are eligible for a 10-pound box of fresh fruits or vegetables and another box of basic food commodities like beans, rice, and canned tuna, beef, and chicken.

The program is one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food nutrition services. It’s run locally by the Guam Department of Education.

GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza said they are distributing 5,000 boxes of commodities that will be given out until they’re all gone.

Around 1400 boxes were given out on Wednesday. The number of boxes given out Friday was not available as of news time.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, however, said that the TE-FAP program is an ongoing program throughout the year. And more commodities and produce are expected in the weeks and months ahead.