GDOE food distribution resumes Thursday; income eligibility expanded

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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), the designated agency for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS), is issuing TEFAP food commodities to the community beginning Thursday, June 25, and every other Thursday thereafter.

This will allow for time to restock and replenish food commodity supplies.

The GDOE State Agency is committed to ensuring the overall availability and effectiveness of program services for the homeless and socially/economically challenged individuals and/or families on Guam.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GDOE State Agency has elected to use the 400% percentile of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), making most families on Guam eligible to receive TEFAP food commodities through December 2020.

The GDOE State Agency continues to work in partnership with agencies and organizations to include Pacific Unlimited Incorporated, Matson Guam, Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department, Guam Airport Police, Guam National Guard, the Mayor’s Council of Guam, the Governor’s Office, and the Lieutenant Governor of Guam.

Households with monthly incomes at or below the levels listed below are eligible to participate in the TEFAP food commodity distribution program:

Eligible TEFAP Participants

Household/Family Size

Monthly Income at 400% Federal Poverty Level

1

$5,317

2

$7,183

3

$9,050

4

$10,917

5

$12,783

6

$14,650

7

$16,517

8

$18,383

9

$20,250

10

$22,117

11

$23,983

12

$25,850

13

$26,660

14

$28,460

Recipients will receive one (1) bag of TEFAP food commodities and one Farmers to Families food box of fresh fruits or vegetables, regardless of household size.

Food commodities include items such as fresh apples and oranges, beans, rice, canned fruits, sauces, tuna, salmon, pork, beef, and chicken. A maximum of three (3) households per vehicle will be permitted to pick up commodities.

TEFAP distribution will take place on the following dates, times and locations:

  • Thursday, June 25, 2020:

    • Tiyan Upper Baseball Field from 6:00AM-10:00AM

    • Dededo Farmer’s Market from 6:00AM-10:00AM

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020:

    • Tiyan Upper Baseball Field from 6:00AM-10:00AM

    • Dededo Farmer’s Market from 6:00AM-10:00AM

  • Thursday, July 23, 2020:

    • Tiyan Upper Baseball Field from 6:00AM-10:00AM

    • Dededo Farmer’s Market from 6:00AM-10:00AM

Commodities will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Distribution may end early if all available commodities are distributed before 10 am.

Participants are asked to follow the following program guidelines:

  • Please be patient;

  • Follow instructions;

  • Present valid photo identification;

  • Provide village of residency;

  • Wear a mask at all times;

  • Remain in your vehicle;

  • Ensure your trunk is unlocked/open when entering the distribution area;

  • Proceed with caution; and

  • Follow traffic directions and signage.

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