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“Due to the increase in the number of families receiving USDA commodities, we will be making changes in how they are distributed,” said Judy Zillox, case manager of the Salvation Army of Ray County.
As of Feb. 23 recipients will be required to schedule a time, a week in advance, prior to picking up their commodities.
“Having so many people all at once in our limited space has become a safety hazard,” said Zilliox.
Commodities will be distributed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays after the third Friday of each month.
“We will schedule 25 appointments from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 25 more appointments from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day,” said Zilliox.
Orders will be filled when recipients arrive for their appointment. Salvation Army will furnish one re-usable tote bag per family that must be brought each time commodities are received.
“We encourage recipients to purchase another tote bag at Wal-Mart, Apple Market, Dollar Store or Save A Lot. They cost around $1.00,” Zilliox said. “The totes are much better than paper bags or plastic and they help the environment save resources.”
Call the Salvation Army at 816-776-8191 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for an appointment to receive commodities.
“The Salvation Army is committed to providing services in the best way possible to persons in need. We ask for your help in making this change work,” Zilliox said.