Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares has found a more efficient way to distribute the TEFAP emergency food commodities for her village residents.
Dededo is the most populated village in the entire island. With many still unemployed, purchases of basic needs such as food became one of the biggest struggles brought on by the pandemic.
As early as 4:30 am Thursday morning, cars could be seen lining up to receive food commodities at the Dededo Senior Center through a drive-through service. The distributions were held from 8 am to 10 am.
Savares went on the air with NewsTalk K57’s Kate Baltazar Dodge to speak about how they were able to find a more effective way to distribute the food commodities this time around.
“It’s difficult to serve everybody, all in one day. We know the traffic that it causes, so we tested it. A few weeks ago, we had the dry goods from GDOE and we did it in a period of 5 days so we did 200 every day and it really reduced the line. There was one commodity per household so what we’re doing is two days. We have the containers, they came in last night and we’re going to do 500 today and 500 tomorrow,” Savares said.
She added: “So for the first 500, you can’t come in on both days. We take down your information and we actually have a running list on who came in and at the same time, for those who haven’t filled out the TEFAP forms yet, you’ll be given that and your commodities so we can turn that in to GDOE.”
GDOE and TEFAP under the USDA will be continuing the distribution of food commodities for the month of October in partnership with local mayors and community organizations.
The next food distributions for Dededo will take place tomorrow, Oct. 23 from 8 am to 10 am again at the Dededo Senior Center. The distributions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and available for Dededo residents only. The limit of food distributions will be serviced up to three households per vehicle.
For more information about food commodities, contact your mayors’ offices from your respective villages.