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EDUCATION TO DISTRIBUTE U.S. FOOD SATURDAY

Aug. 26, 2002 – The V.I. Education Department's Child Nutrition Program will distribute U.S. Agriculture Department commodities on St. Croix Saturday, said Education Department spokeswoman Juel Anderson in a news release.
The items will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charles H. Emanuel School in Kingshill, Juanita Gardine School in Richmond and Claude O. Markoe School in Mars Hill, Frederiksted.
People should bring strong boxes or bags to hold their commodities.
Eligible persons include Food Stamp recipients, people on medical assistance programs and tenants of subsidized housing. Additionally, people who are not in those programs must have family incomes that do not exceed 185 percent of income eligibility guidelines for 2002/2003.
To meet the income eligibility guidelines, one person can make $16,391 a year. Add $5,698 for each additional person in the family.
People must bring their Food Stamp or medical assistance card. If they are self-certifying, they must bring proof of income.
Ginny Dargan of the Education Department's public information office said that commodity distributions are made several times a year.
According to the Agriculture Department Website, agencies pick what foods they will distribute from a list that includes include fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, meats, dry and canned beans, vegetable shortening and vegetable oils, peanut products, rice, cheese, pasta products, flour, and other grain products.
What's on the list depends on what surplus products are available.
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