By Tamas Mondovics
Editor

The Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency is hosting a Commodity Distribution for Tennessee residents.
UETHDA officials said that the distribution is now scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the National Guard Armory at 1923 South Shady Street.
“Items will be distributed
on a first come first served basis to income eligible households
until all commodities are gone,” said UETHDA Assistant Director of Community Services, Shounda Stevenson in a recent press release adding that all recipients must be residents of Tennessee.
This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
To pick up their commodities, recipient must present a light blue colored commodity ID card, which is obtained by completing an application at the Neighborhood Service Center.
“We strongly encourage each recipient to complete the application the week prior to the distribution, this will be helpful in reducing wait time,” Stevenson said.
Staff will be available on site during the distribution to assist in acquiring a commodity card. If someone is picking up your commodities, they must have your ID card and be authorized on your application; limits to pickup are five (5) orders.
This year’s event will begin at 11 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m. or earlier if food is no longer available.
Volunteers may be available to help elderly and disabled persons carry their commodities.
A word of caution, of course, is that misrepresentation of need, or sale
or exchange of USDA commodities is prohibited and could result in a fine,
imprisonment, or both. USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program is available
to all eligible recipients regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.