Emergency food distribution at 2 sites today; closed next week, resumes June 9

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

GDOE, the state agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS), in collaboration with Pacific Unlimited Incorporated and Matson, Guam, will be issuing USDA Families to Farmers food boxes and Disaster Household Distribution (DHD) food commodity bags at two locations on Friday May 29:

• Tiyan Upper Baseball Field from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
• Dededo Farmer’s Market from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Only 2,000 boxes will be distributed at each site on a first come, first served basis. Distribution may end early if all available resources are distributed before 10 a.m., while supplies last.

Recipients will receive one bag of TEFAP-DHD food commodities and one Farmers to Families food box of fresh fruits or vegetables. Food commodities include items such as fresh apples and oranges, juices, beans, rice, canned fruits, sauces, tuna, salmon, pork, beef and chicken.

The public is encouraged to monitor future announcements as commodities distribution sites and dates may change in the future. Additionally, participants should follow the following program guidelines:

• Please be patient;
• Follow instructions and have valid identification ready;
• Wear a mask at all times;
• Remain in your vehicle;
• Proceed with caution; and
• Follow traffic directions and signage.

TEFAP Distribution Closed Next Week; Three Sites to Reopen June 9

GDOE will temporarily suspend commodity distribution from June 1-5, 2020.

The temporary break in commodity distribution is needed to replenish supplies at distribution locations, secure needed equipment, and resolve logistical challenges in order to support the program’s expansion to a third southern distribution site. TEFAP-DHD at three sites is expected to take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of June, beginning on Tuesday, June 9.

The three distribution sites will be announced at a later date.