Free commodity food distributions will continue in the Thumb area in 2023, thanks to the Human Development Commissions. Supplementing the diets of low-income individuals over the age of 60 with nutrient-dense USDA foods like fruits, vegetables, and other foods is a primary goal of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
The Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973, specifically Section 4(a), grants permission for this initiative to be implemented. “It makes a difference in people’s lives,” HDC Community Services Director Ragan Cudney said. Low-income seniors in Huron and Tuscola will be eligible to receive free commodity distributions from their respective HDCs.
Pasta, cereal, canned meat, and fruit and vegetables will be included in the standard box that will be delivered to seniors.
“They’ll get supplement and nutritional food boxes that will last them for two months,” Cudney said. “We get a lot of good feedback from seniors. We really see a difference.”
The distributions will take place on the first Tuesday of every other month in Huron County and the second Thursday of every other month in Tuscola County. On March 7 at the Huron County Expo Center, the county’s will take place. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The one for Tuscola County will take place at the county’s HDC on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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A licence is not required for residents to participate; they can simply show up at the distribution or register over the phone with the local office. You can reach out to the HDC at either their Huron or Tuscola County location for more details.
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