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Virgin Islands Department of Education State Office of Special Nutrition Programs Announces USDA Commodity Distribution

The Virgin Islands Department of Education State Office of Special Nutrition Programs informs the public of its upcoming drive through distribution of USDA commodities for the territory. Distribution will take place across both districts on the following days for all eligible persons.


St. Thomas - St. John District

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023        Location: Lockhart K-8 School

Start time – 7:00 a.m. until supplies last (all eligible persons are asked to report on this day).


St. Croix District

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023        Location: St. Croix Educational Complex High School

Start time – 7:00 a.m. until supplies last (all eligible persons are asked to report on this day).


The Emergency Food Assistance Program or (TEFAP) uses income; not age to determine program eligibility. The St. Thomas-St. John District and St. Croix District distributions are for all eligible 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 in need 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, 2023 thru June 30, 2024.


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

(a)      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

(b)      Medical Assistance Program

(c)      Be a Tenant of a Subsidized Public Housing program.


3.      Individuals are also permitted to self-declare their income using the self-certification portion of the application if they do not fall into the established categories stated above.


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 person not able to provide satisfactory information to the distribution site staff will not be able to receive a commodity package.


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


                                             INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINE TABLE



Not more than $ 26,973



Not more than $ 2,248



Not more than  $519

Household Size 2



$ 3,041


$ 702

Household Size 3

$ 45,991


$ 3,833


$ 885

Household Size 4

$ 55,500


$ 4,625


$ 1,068

Household Size 5

$ 65,009


$ 5,418


$ 1,251

Household Size 6

$ 74,518


$ 6,210


$ 1,434

Household size 7

$ 84,027


$ 7,003


$ 1,616

Household size 8

$ 93,536


$ 7,795


$ 1,799

For each additional family member

add $9,509


$ 793



$ 183





Download press release here:  pdf Press Release 0906 23 Special Nutrition Programs Announces USDA Commodity Distribution (377 KB)

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St. Thomas

1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: 340-774-0100

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM


St. Croix

2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
Phone: 340-773-1095

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM

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