Hard times across the region have left many struggling to feed those in their homes.  For those needing help with food programs, food commodities may be the answer.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission (PBJCEOC) in Lincoln County will distribute commodities on Thursday, October 25, 2018.  This will take place from 8:15am to 3:00pm or until depleted at the Star City Civic Center, located at 201 Liberty Street in Star City, AR.

Applicants for food commodities assistance must meet income eligibility.  Income eligibility may be determined by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Household participation in the food stamp program;
  • Household meeting financial eligibility criteria requirements which compares the household size and income to the state income guidelines of 130% poverty level or;
  • A foster child, or children being automatically eligible.

For a household of one, monthly countable income limit is $1,595.  For each additional person in the household, add $436.  Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

To apply for assistance, the household should bring a picture ID of the person requesting food and have a working knowledge of household income.  Additional information may be required during the interview process.  Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance.

PBJCEOC is a private, non-profit organization which operates an extensive range of social programs and services targeting low income households.  PBJCEOC works in conjunction with other agencies and organizations to provide assistance to low-income families and individuals within the community.  The range of services provided can vary with the needs of each community.  Some of the services offered consist of:  Housing, Food, Employment Services, Weatherization and Energy Assistance.