In October, commodity distribution was turned over to Food Bank of the Rockies, operating under contract with the Colorado Department of Human Services.
In Delta County, the change means distributions will be made monthly, rather than quarterly.
The distribution location is undergoing changes, as well.
More details will be available Wednesday, Jan. 15, when commodities will be distributed at the Assembly of God, 762 Dodge Street in Delta. Qualifying families (those who receive government assistance of some type or meet income guidelines) can pick up commodities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to Starlene Collins, the regional Food Bank for the Rockies (FBR) contact, in February they will begin working with partner agencies to do the distribution. The details are still being worked out.
Collins said she hopes a Cedaredge distribution site will be added, but said the plan is a "work in progress." FBR took over commodity distribution late in the year, when partner agencies were already in the process of meeting the demand for the holidays. Now that the holidays are past, she anticipates being able to nail down details for commodity distribution throughout the Western Slope.
Since 1998, Food Bank of the Rockies has collected and distributed food to non-profit agencies that feed those in need in western Colorado, including the Delta Food Pantry and Sharing Ministries. Commodity distribution is a new direction for the agency. A warehouse in Palisade provides ample storage for food, and is just one reason commodities can now be distributed monthly rather than quarterly.
The food distribution program is operated in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture. The goal is to improve the nutritional status of children and adults while helping strengthen the agricultural market through price supports and purchase of surplus products.
Previously, commodities were distributed from three locations in Delta County four times a year. Eligibility requirements have not changed.blog comments powered by Disqus