FiveCAP holding food distribution next week

The number of low-income workers continues to grow as the country pulls itself out of the Great Recession. Many of these people are struggling to get by on minimal wages are finding they make too much for many assistance programs.

FiveCAP’s The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is open to residents whose income falls within 200 percent of poverty, which is $22,980 for a single person and increases by $8,040 for each addition member of their household.

“It’s nice to have some programs to offer people in that 200 percent range,” said FiveCAP Community Support Director Holly Haywood. “There are a lot of programs available to assist people living in poverty, but less for those who are simply very low income.

“With TEFAP, we’re able to help people stretch their income a little bit farther every three months.”

TEFAP is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is offered quarterly in March, June, September and December.

The September food boxes will contain applesauce, beef stew, canned chicken, corn, carrots, cranberry sauce, fruit and nut mix, cran-apple juice, mixed fruit, orange juice, pears, canned pork, potato flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.

Distribution will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake County FiveCAP office, located at 2476 West 44th St., in Baldwin. Stop by the office to apply for the program, or call (231) 745-4617 for more information.