Has your ability to obtain or grow food been impacted severely by the drought? Drought Food Assistance Program (DFAP) food boxes will be distributed by Great Northern in Fort Jones on Thursday, November 13th and Wednesday, December 10th to residents of Siskiyou County. These emergency food boxes will be available at the Family Resource Center at 11920 Main Street in Fort Jones from 2:30pm – 4pm.
The Dorris distributions will be on Wednesday, November 19th and Wednesday, December 10th from 2:30 – 4 PM at the Butte Valley Community Resource Center at 232 S. Oregon Street in Dorris.
DFAP food boxes are prepackaged, weigh approximately 25 pounds and contain nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food, designed to provide food for a household of four people for about five days. Contents of the food box include: canned applesauce, carrots, green beans, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable and chicken noodle soup, peanut butter, pinto beans, rice, spaghetti and oatmeal.
DFAP is a temporary program developed in response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Drought Emergency Declaration in January 2014. DFAP is designed to provide food assistance to drought-affected communities that suffer high levels of unemployment.
Household DFAP eligibility is based on a self-certification process requiring recipients to identify themselves as the head of a household impacted by the drought. Eligibility is not based on income, and no income information will be requested. Eligible households with longer-term needs also will be offered information and assistance in applying for CalFresh (www.calfresh.ca.gov), which is a federal program designed to help children and needy families access to healthier food.
DFAP boxes are available to all Siskiyou County residents and the distribution in Scott Valley is not limited to residents of these communities, but are open to any county resident.
For more information about Great Northern’s Community Food Program, contact Renee Casterline at 938-4115 ext 116.