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Food Distribution Program

The Food Distribution Program’s mission is to provide commodity foods to low-income Southern Ute household members living on and near the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The program provides commodity foods to other low-income Native American households residing in approved service areas on and near the reservation.

The staff strives to increase awareness of the services offered to those households who might otherwise have no knowledge of the program. The program provides superior customer service by constantly improving the quality of service. The staff treats clients with courtesy and the respect they deserve. The staff supports the journey to better nutrition within our native community (reservation) by encouraging healthy food choices and promoting physical activity.

Food Diistribution

Program Information

The Commodity Distribution Program is a nutritional enrichment program designed by Congress to safeguard the general health and well being of low-income families living on the Indian Reservations. Eligibility for the program’s benefits is based in part on income; reside on the reservation or near areas, and resource guidelines established by the Federal Government. The Tribe has designated La Plata (excluding the city of Durango) and Archuleta counties in Colorado as its near areas where Tribal members can receive program services. Effective February 1994, those Native American households living in defined “near areas” of the Southern Ute Reservation may also participate in the Food Program if at least one household member is a member of ANY federally recognized Indian Tribe regardless of that members age.

Computation of Income Eligibility Standards

The income eligibility limits for each household size are based on the sum of the Food Stamp Program net monthly income and standards deduction amounts used for the appropriate state.

Income Deductions – see 7 CFR 253.6 (f)

Dependent Care Deduction

the current maximum allowable dependent care deduction is $200 for dependent children under 2 years of age, and $175 for all other dependents.

Earned Income Deductions

Households with earned income are allowed a deduction of 20 percent of their earned income.

Medical Part B Medical Insurance and Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Premiums

Households that incur the cost of Medicare Part B Medical Insurance and/or Part D. Prescription Drug coverage premiums are allowed a deduction for the monthly cost of the premiums.

Child Support Deductions

Households that incur the cost of legally required Child support to or for a non-household member are allowed a deduction for the amount of monthly child support paid.

Fresh Produce

Foods Available

Each month, participating households receive a food package to help them maintain a nutritionally balanced diet.

  • Frozen ground beef, beef roast, chicken, canned meats, poultry.
  • Canned fruits & vegetables, canned soups and spaghetti sauce.
  • Macaroni & cheese, pastas, cereals, rice and other grains.
  • Cheese, egg mix, low-fat ultra high temperature milk (UHT), non-fat dry milk, and evaporated milk.
  • Flour, cornmeal, bakery mix, and reduced sodium crackers.
  • Low-fat re-fried beans, dried beans and dehydrated potatoes.
  • Juices and dried fruit.
  • Peanuts and peanut butter. & red potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes. Fruit – apples, oranges, & mixed fruit (oranges/apples).