Tomorrow (Thursday) is distribution day at The King’s Food Pantry in Seymour for the monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for senior citizens, known as the “Senior Box Program.”
Anyone age 60 or older can qualify for the program, depending on his or her income.
For a single person, the annual income limit is $16,588 or $1,382 monthly.
A family of two earning less than $22,412 annually qualifies, while the limits for families of three and four, respectively, are $28,236 and $34,060.
The free program provides a monthly food package with a value of about $55, consisting of a variety of foods. A box could contain items such as iron-fortified cereal, non-fat dry milk, evaporated milk, juice, farina (cream of wheat), oats, rice, pasta, egg mix, peanut butter, dry beans or peas, canned meat or poultry, tuna or salmon, canned fruits and vegetables.
Signing up for the program is quick and easy.
Seniors need a photo I.D. when they visit the pantry.
Thursday’s distribution runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pantry, which is located at 732 South Division Street, near the south edge of Seymour’s city limits on Highway K.
For more information about the CSFP for senior citizens, call the pantry at 417-935-2324 or contact Kimberly Hanson of the Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield at 417-865-3411.
Distribution days in August and September also will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.
Officials from the local pantry said last week that they are in need of good, clean, used egg cartons.
“If you have some and would like to donate them to the pantry, please call 417-935-2324 to make sure there is someone at the pantry to receive them,” officials said.
The pantry also is needing help at its thrift store.
Volunteers can contact the pantry in person or by phone.
Pantry officials said their goal is to be able to open the thrift store sometime in August.