The High Plains Food Bank is wanting to expand its senior food program to Tulia and is holding an event this week to determine the feasibility of the program for the Swisher County town and its surrounding communities.
The food bank's senior adult food program offers eligible seniors quality, supplemental nutrition. The program is a monthly food box supplement, weighing between 25 and 30 pounds with a retail value of between $60 and $70, according to its news release.
This initial event will help food bank officials gain a better understanding of the needs of seniors in Tulia and nearby areas. Based upon interest and turnout, the food bank will determine whether to add Tulia to the program. Seniors who qualify at the event will receive a box of food that day, the release stated.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tulia Assembly of God Church at 325 S. Austin Ave.
Seniors will need to bring identification and proof of income. A form of ID includes driver’s license, state ID card, birth certificate, permanent resident card, passport, military ID, refugee visa, baptismal certificate or health ID card. A form of proof of income includes Social Security letter, pay stub from previous month, income tax return, bank statement or a supplemental security income letter.
High Plains Food Bank partners with the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to eligible seniors, 60 years of age and older. The box of food qualified seniors receive each month is intended to be a healthy addition to meals they prepare at home when other food sources are running low.
If the food bank decides to add Tulia to the program, the city of Tulia would serve as the central meeting and distribution point for surrounding communities, the food bank stated.