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Due to the hardships caused by the coronavirus know as COVID-19, the Salida Community Center will be holding another food distribution at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

The Salida Community Center serves Chaffee County and surrounding areas including Salida, Buena Vista, Nathrop, Howard, Cotopaxi and Coaldale.  Food will include meat, canned goods, fresh vegetables, bread and pastries.  In addition, the Colorado Central Humanists will be handing out personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and toilet paper.

A Salida Community Center food giveaway held in May 2020. Photo by Dan Smith

Elaine Allemang, Community Center Director said the center will be handling the TEFAP program administered by Care and Share based in Colorado Springs.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)  is a federal program that provides people living on a low income with extra food each month at no cost. In addition, the Community Center also works with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) which provides low-income seniors, age 60 and older, with extra food each month at no cost.

Maximum income eligibility chart for TEFAP below is driven by current income:

HH Size   Weekly HH Income    Monthly HH Income    Annual HH Income

1                            $480.38                     $2,081.67                              $24,980

2                              650.38                       2,818.33                                33,820

3                             820.38                        3,555.00                                42,660

4                             990.38                        4,291.67                                 51,500

5                           1,160.38                        5,028.33                                60,340

6                           1,330.38                       5,765.00                                 69,180

7                            1,500.38                      6,501.67                                78,020

8                            1,670.38                      7,238.33                                86,860

For each additional family member, add: $170.00 $736.67 $8,840

This month, due to COVID-19, participants will not be asked to sign any papers, nor will they be asked to show proof of income.  Volunteers will only ask name, address, and number of people in the household, Allemang said.

“We are aware that at this time there are a large number of people that are not able to work due to COVID-19. Please take advantage of this food program,” added Allemang.

“This month will be handled differently than in previous months. We are asking that people remain in their cars and the food will be delivered to them. We will have people directing traffic. Our volunteers will be standing in front of the Salida Community Center building at 305 F Street in Salida. We will be allowing the cars to pull up in front of the building and move forward as soon as the cars in front are loaded and have pulled out. We are asking for patience so that we can keep everyone safe,” the press release said.