The commodity distribution is a federally funded food distribution program to help supplement needed food for families, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The program is based strictly on income.

Montezuma Senior Services distributes these commodities each month in the three towns of Cortez, Mancos and Dolores. The amount of food offered to Montezuma County is determined by the food stamp population of the county.

You may meet TEFAP income-based standards in either of the following two ways:

1. Participate in one of the following public assistance programs: Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP); SNAP (formerly Food Stamps); Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP); Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); Old Age Pension (OAP); Aid to Needy Disabled (AND); Aid to the Blind (AB); Social Security Income (SSI); Medicaid Eligible Foster Children.

2. Meet income guidelines for those who are eligible.

The next commodity distribution will be Saturday, May 24.

If you haven't gotten your 2014 commodity card (cards are good for the calendar year) you can obtain them at the times and places listed below. Only one card per household is allowed, and you must bring a copy of your proof of income for 2014 to be left at the office.

You must also bring proof of physical address, Social Security number for the head of the household, a copy of your driver's license or state-issued ID card and a box large enough for your commodities.

The state now has a new policy for someone picking up commodities for someone else, and there is a form that must be signed each month.

Where to get commodity cards

Cortez: Senior Services office in the annex, 107 N Chestnut, Wednesdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Dolores: Dolores Community Center, Wednesdays 11 a.m.-noon

Mancos: Masonic Lodge Senior Center, 141 E Montezuma, Wednesdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

May 24 distributions

Cortez: Fairgrounds, 30100 U.S. 160, 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Dolores: Fire Hall, 45 Railroad Ave., 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Mancos: United Methodist Church, 470 Grand Ave., 7:30 a.m.- 8 a.m.

Future distributions

March 8, 2014

April 5, 2014

May 24, 2014

No June distribution

July 12, 2014

August 9, 2014

Sept. 6, 2014