We are frequently asked about the maximum income for a family to receive food assistance. The federal government has new guidelines regarding distribution of government commodities and the levels have risen from 130 percent of the poverty level to 185 percent; therefore, allowing more families to acquire food. A single person may receive food regularly, if the maximum monthly income is below $1,679. A family of four must make below $3,446. These changes have come about in large part due to the difficult economic conditions. Although a parent or parents may be working, often the jobs are lower paying, making it difficult to put food on the table after paying the necessary bills for the month. Please pass this information on to anyone you know that may fit into these new guidelines.


Our sixth annual M.O.R.E./Blackstone Golf Outing fundraiser is set for Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The noon shotgun start includes 18 holes, cart with GPS, Blackstone Tee-Pak, driving range, and box lunch. We are still looking for more foursomes. Cost is $100. Make your reservations with Sandy Butenschoen, 815-382-1815 by May 28. You’ll have fun while helping a good cause.

Finally, Saturday, May 12, is the annual U.S. Post Office community food drive. If you care to donate to M.O.R.E., simply set your food out early on that morning. The MORE Board is always thankful for your support throughout the year. M.O.R.E. is located at 829 Greenlee Street in Marengo, and is open from 9a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, and from 4p.m.-6p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 815-568-7950, or visit www.marengomorecenter.org.