The Labette Assistance Center will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the former Sunshine convenience store, 2301 Main, in Parsons.
Drive-thru entry is from North 23rd Street and the line will form on Washington Avenue. Follow the signs. Labette Assistance Center asks participants to not line up before 9:30 a.m. and to be sure not to block driveways.
Eligibility is based on household income. Guidelines typically increase slightly annually and are based on 130% poverty income. Recipients must be Parsons or Dennis residents. The income guideline for a household of one is a maximum of $1,383; two, $1,868; three, $2,353; four, $2,839; five, $3,324; and six, $3,809. For each additional family member, $486 is added.
Food will include canned, dry, fresh and frozen items.
This drive-thru distribution will follow previously established protocols. There will be two stations, one for photo ID check-in and the other to receive the food box without leaving the vehicle. Make sure space is available in your trunk for the food box as volunteers will not reach into vehicles to leave a box. Walk-ups, bicycles or scooters will be served in order of arrival and directed to a separate area to receive a food box.
As an agency distributing USDA commodities through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, Labette Assistance Center must follow state guidelines and requirements of the program. Recipients may access TEFAP foods at only one location: Edna, Chetopa or Parsons. Those who qualify but are working or unable to attend during distribution hours may have a proxy (designee) pick up for them.
TEFAP has temporarily waived required recipient signatures; however, records must be maintained for reporting purposes. Please show your photo ID in the driver’s side window at check in. If picking up for another household (proxy), you must clearly display the printed name, address, number in household and phone number of the recipient on a sheet of paper that can be seen through the driver’s window. Limit of one proxy per person. If ride sharing, there is a limit of two proxies per vehicle. Service providers with employee photo badge will be allowed to pick up for more than one client at a time if all information is provided upon check-in. Documents will remain with driver after information is collected.
Those with incomes higher than these guidelines who still need help may call for a food pantry appointment at 421-0700.