Food distribution through village mayors begins this week

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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)

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), State Agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS), will begin the distribution of food commodities for the month of September in partnership with the local mayors.

Instead of the COVID-19 pandemic distribution model, where commodities were provided at designated locations such as the GDOE TEFAP warehouse in Piti, Tiyan baseball field, or Dededo Farmers’ Market, commodities will be distributed through each mayor at the village level. This distribution method will be a drive-through or door-to-door delivery to provide easier access to food commodities for residents while also minimizing traffic-related issues.

Recipients will receive one bag of TEFAP food commodities per household to include egg noodles, elbow macaroni, cereal, instant milk, canned pears, peaches, beef stew, and lentils to include additional commodities as they arrive. Commodities will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Commodity distribution in each village will be available to village constituents only and residents should call each mayor’s office for more information. The distribution schedule for the next two weeks is as follows:

Date

Village

Distribution Method

Sept. 2, 2020

Hagatna

Door-to-door

Sept. 4, 2020

Agana Heights

Door-to-door (Manomko, disabled)

Sept. 4, 2020

Dededo

Drive-through at Dededo Farmers Market; 2-4pm

Sept. 8, 2020

Agana Heights

Drive-through at Agana Heights Mayor’s Office; 9-4 pm

Sept. 9, 2020

Mangilao

Drive-through at Mangilao Night Market grounds; 8:30-10:30 am or while supplies last

Sept. 9, 2020

Sinajana

Drive-through at Sinajana outdoor gymnasium; 9-11 am and 1:30-5 pm

Sept. 9, 2020

Mongmong Toto Maite

Door-to-door delivery (Manomko/disabled)

Sept. 10, 2020

Mongmong Toto Maite

Drive-through at Mayor’s Office; 8:30 am until supplies last

Participants are reminded to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and follow all traffic directions and signage.

(JIC Release No. 297)

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