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. 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.

 

March has come and gone and that means the Boy Scout “Scouting for Food” community drive is now history. The scouts collected more than 12,000 items weighing more than 9,000 pounds. M.O.R.E. wishes to thank the scouts and their parents for making this a complete success. Diane Phillips, organizer of the drive, should receive an extra pat on the back.

Our local schools, including SEDOM, have also had their annual drives and again, we express our thanks. Most of all, we wish to say “thank you” to the residents of Marengo and Union for their outstanding generosity and continued 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.

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