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Commodity distribution at Long Ridge parsonage begins Jan. 14

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By Molly Haines

Meeting the Needs hopes to clear up any confusion regarding its move to the Long Ridge Baptist parsonage, as well as spread information to those in need of assistance.
The faith-based ministry recently took over the Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.
Owen County School District Youth Service Center Coordinator and Meeting the Needs Community Partner Becky Mefford said beginning Jan. 14, commodities may be picked up at the Long Ridge Baptist Church parsonage, 2480 Hwy. 127 N.
Those who receive the assistance can pick up their commodities between 9 a.m. and noon.
If the person receiving commodities is unable to pick up their food the day of distribution, someone else may pick them up, but they must have a letter from the person receiving the commodities verifying that they’ve instructed that person to pick up their items.
Mefford said commodity pickup will continue to be held at the Long Ridge Baptist parsonage between 9 a.m. and noon on the Tuesday following the second Monday of each month.
Commodities include items such as canned fruits, canned vegetables, fruit juice, dried egg, mixed meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, pasta products, milk, rice, grits, cereal and soups.
The program is based upon the household size and income.
For one person, the maximum income per month is $1,245; for two $1,681 and $2,116 for three people. Each additional family member is $436.
Commodities for senior citizens may be picked up at the Owen County Senior Center, located at 118 N. Main Street, between 9 a.m. and noon on the Tuesday following the second Monday of each month.
Mefford said although commodities for the Emergency Food Assistance Program can be picked up at the Long Ridge Baptist Church parsonage, other items of assistance can be picked up through Meeting the Needs at the El Bethel Christian Church for the remainder of January.
Mefford said Meeting the Needs hopes to be completely moved into the Long Ridge Baptist parsonage by February.
For more information on Meeting the Needs or the Emergency Food Assistance Program, contact Mefford at 502-514-2916 or Sully Runion at 502-514-5242.