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Trego County offering food assistance to residents in need





The Trego County Senior Center, 413 Russell Ave., is distributing food to low-income individuals from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 18.

Creamed corn, carrots, apricot halves, tomato soup, oat circles cereal and canned-boned chicken are the commodities available. Participants, who must reside within Trego County, cannot have a monthly income exceeding $1,245 for a one-person household. Families need to add $436 for each additional person.

The group hosts the event approximately every three months, said Mary Hendricks, volunteer local coordinator. Thirty-eight households received food at the last distribution in October

"It's just helping, you know, those that have a low-income, helping them feed their families," Hendricks said.

Eileen Bellairs, meal site manager at the center, said the assistance is significant for many people.

"I think it means quite a bit to a number of people because we do have several people who have been coming to get commodities for a long time, and a lot of times it's just mostly really elderly people," Bellairs said. "We have a few young families sometimes come down."