State Office Of Special Nutrition Programs Announces USDA Commodity Distribution

The Department of Education Special Nutrition Programs wishes to inform the general public of its upcoming distribution of USDA commodities for the island of St. Thomas. All eligible persons should report on the day and time as follows:


EVENT TIME, DATE & LOCATION:  7 a.m. on Saturday, September 28 at Lockhart Elementary School Cafeteria, St. Thomas (until supplies are depleted)


The Emergency Food Assistance Program or (TEFAP) uses income, not age to determine program eligibility. This distribution is for all needy persons meeting the criteria listed below. Distribution packages will be limited to one per household.  

Individuals or heads of households eligible to receive these commodities must be identified as needy by meeting one of the following criteria:

1.     A person or Head of household whose gross family income does not exceed the 185% of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for July 1, 2019 thru June 30, 2020.  (see income eligibility guideline table below)

2.     A person or Head of household that is a client of any of the following income certified assistance programs:

(a)     Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

(b)     Medical Assistance Program

Be a Tenant of a Subsidized Public Housing program.



Not more than                $ 23,107



Not more than $ 1,926



Not more than  $445


Household size 2 $31,284


$ 2,607


$ 602


Household size 3          $ 39,461


$ 3,289


$ 759


Household size 4          $ 47,638


$ 3,970


$ 917


Household size 5          $ 55,815


$ 4,652


$ 1,074


Household size 6          $ 63,992


$ 5,333


$ 1,231


Household size 7          $ 72,169


$ 6,015


$ 1,388


Household size 8          $ 80,346


$ 6,696


$ 1,546


For each add’l family member, add 8,177


$ 682



$ 158




(This table must accompany all printed press releases)


To obtain commodities, proper identification must be presented. Persons completing the Self certification form should be prepared to provide information relative to their gross income.  Any persons not able to provide satisfactory information to the distribution site staff will not receive a commodity package. It is suggested that potential recipients bring along sturdy boxes or bags to assist with the transport of the food packages.


For further information, please call Federal Commodities Officer, Correy Lettsome at                  (340) 774-0100 ext. 2818.




In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 


(1)       mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 


(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

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