Volunteers assisting the Upper East Tennesse Human Developement Agency during a food distribution event.
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By Tamas Mondovics 1/3/2019

Lend a hand at annual Johnson County Commodity Food Distribution

The Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency is once again hosting its annual Commodity Distribution planned for Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the National Guard Armory 1923 S. Shady Street.
The event will also give local volunteers to assist and to be available to help the elderly and disabled persons carry their commodities.
According to UETHDA officials, items will be distributed on a first come first served basis to income-eligible households until all commodities are gone.
“All recipients must be residents of Tennessee,” said Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency Communications Manager, Haley White. “This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.”
White explained that each recipient must now have a purple colored commodity ID card to pick up his or her commodities.
An ID card is obtained by completing an application at the Neighborhood Service Center.
“We strongly encourage each recipient to complete the application before January 18, this will be helpful in reducing wait time,” Haley said.
As it has been the case in the past, staff will be available on site during the distribution to assist in acquiring a commodity card. If picking up an order for someone, ID card, as well as an authorization on the application, is required; limits to pickup are five (5) orders.
The distribution is now scheduled for 11:00 am and will end at 1:30 pm, or earlier if food is no longer available.
The event is hoping to see local volunteers to assist those with need.
A word of caution is that misrepresentation of need or sale or exchange of USDA commodities is prohibited and could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.
USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program is available to all eligible recipients regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.
Headquartered in Kingsport at the VO Dobbins Complex, UETHDA has been providing the tools, education, and support for a better life for over 50 years.
The agency is one of the thousands of Community Action Agencies in the United States operated by the National Community Action Partnership. UETHDA serves eight counties in northeast Tennessee: Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Hancock, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi.
UETHDA has a variety
of programs from emergency assistance to more long
terms paths for self-sufficiency, including national programs such as Head Start, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and more. UETHDA operates nine neighborhood service centers in those eight counties.
To learn more visit www.uethda.org.