Adventist Community Services helps meet people’s need for food through Harvester's The Community Food Network at the Clinton Adventist Church on the 3rd Monday of each month. Anyone with a perceived need for food is welcome to receive food by bringing their vehicle and be in line between 7 and 8:30. We ask that you follow simple safety rules which are stay in your car, have your trunk lid open and cleaned out in order to hold the food being provided. Due to the impact COVID-19 is having in society we will not be allowing people to come into the church to use the bathrooms. We also do not wish to put food in the passenger compartment of your vehicles to comply with the 6 foot CDCP guidelines for close contact.
No qualifying (except for TEFAP foods. Just be a person or family in need of temporary food assistance. Sign in with your name, zip code, and phone number in case we need to cancel, and the number of adults (18-64), Children (birth to 17), and Seniors (65+) in your household. Food is distributed per household, not the number of people in a household. We ask that you be honest in signing up only for the number of households receiving food. We also ask that if you cannot use all that you receive, you share with family, friends and neighbors or take the time to preserve it through canning or freezing. Also that you not try to make a profit by selling food that you receive for free. We also ask that if you pick up at our church distribution (on the third Monday of each month, you give others in need, the opportunity to pick up at other locations.
Harvesters has informed us that several locations have declined to hold their food drops due to COVID-19 pandemic. If our church has an extra drop, please allow those who have not picked up during the month to have an opportunity to pick up food.
Beginning January, 2020 and continuing until further notice, certain USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP) provided food to our distribution site and will be available ONLY to those who qualify. Harvesters has created new sign up sheets that are being utilized and you will be asked to answer a question on household income to see if you are eligible to receive FPDP food. Our volunteers will need to clarify that we have additional product (government donated) on the day of the distribution. They will need to ensure each recipient is income eligible to receive the FDPD product and they will need to mark Y for Yes or N for No on the sign in sheet; (a special card will be placed on your windshield along with the number of families you are picking up for (limited) indicating you qualify. Our Volunteers must implement and utilize a system (DETERMINED BY HARVESTERS) to ensure anyone who is not eligible, who rejects the food OR (DECLINES TO ANSWER THE YES/NO QUESTION FOR ELIGIBILITY) does not receive it (THOSE PARTICULAR ITEMS DESIGNATED AS FPDP). Please note, income eligibility is self-declared and proof of income is NOT required.
Not all food is FDPD food. If you do not qualify or reject the FPDP food, the remainder (non-FPDP food) will still be distributed to you and those you pick up for. FPDP food will have bright green USDA tags on all four sides of the pallet of food in order to help Harvesters' drivers and staff and our volunteers identify the food. All FPDP foods will be placed at the beginning of the food line for ease in distribution.
Additional information may be found on the USDA website <https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/trade-mitigation-programs>
Want to be involved? You can volunteer to help set up and distribute food and clean up after it is over. Workers are allowed to go through the line on an alternating basis. Approximately 4-5 hours of work. Dress properly for the weather, with closed toe shoes. We have safety vests. Community Service hours awarded with proper paper work. Please Call MARVA WELBORN FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING.
Adventist Community Services is coordinated by Marva Welborn. Contact her at 660-438-8460.