One box of food can go a long way if you're on the Commodities Supplemental Food Program.
The program provides food to low-income senior citizens and children under age 6, pregnant women, infants, and postpartum mothers up to the baby's first birthday if they aren't receiving Women, Infants and Children benefits. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the program feeds 240 people in Boyle County.
Those on the program visit the National Guard Armory once a month to pick up two boxes of cereal, three cans of juice, four cans of vegetables, two cans of fruit, three cans of cream, a can of meat, peanut butter, 2 pounds of cheese, powdered milk, 2 pounds of pasta, and occasional extras such as potatoes or trail mix. The Department of Agriculture wants the supplement to be nutritional and provide the basis for a balanced diet.
Roger Trent, public health director with the Boyle County Health Department, says, "People are very glad to get this food. It adds quite a bit to their purchasing power.