Opinion

Attention Madawaska residents

To the editor:

The Town Office in Madawaska is partnering with the Aroostook Agency on Aging who administers a USDA program called the Supplemental Commodity Food Program.  Two weeks ago, the Agency got notification of an increase in the number of slots available has increased to 1,755 effective in March. (Previously they only could provide commodities to 455 qualified individuals this month.

The program provides a free 30-pound box of food one time a month to a qualified senior citizen (or someone they designate) to pick up the free food.  The Agency works with Catholic Charities to get the food close to where the senior citizen lives using food pantries as a pick-up point or distributing from another central location in a community.

People eligible for this program are those age 60 and older with an income at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level.  For 2017 this is less than $1,307 per month for a one-person household; or less than $1,760 for a two-person household.

Our Madawaska Town Office staff has committed to the Agency that we will make their applications for the program available for people to walk in and pick it up.  We have a supply of applications here at the office now.  We are also going a step further and assuring the Agency that we will also assist any senior citizen who would like our help in completing the application. We are also providing free use of our office photocopier for any documentation that is needed as part of the application process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 728-6351 or stop by the Town Office at 328 St. Thomas Street, Madawaska, ME.

Ryan D. Pelletier

Town Manager

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