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USDA Food Distribution

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The Tribe’s Food Distribution Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides commodity foods to federally recognized tribal families in a 15-county service area whose household incomes are at or below the federal poverty level. Families can opt to receive commodity foods instead of food stamps but cannot receive both in the same month. The Program offers a variety of packaged, canned, refrigerated, frozen and fresh foods.

Counties Served

  • Lincoln (rural & urban)
  • Marion (rural & urban)
  • Lane (rural & urban)
  • Linn (rural & urban)
  • Benton (rural & urban)
  • Multnomah (rural only)
  • Douglas (rural only)
  • Tillamook (rural & urban)
  • Washington (rural only)
  • Coos (rural only)
  • Clatsop (rural only)
  • Yamhill (rural & urban)
  • Clackamas (rural only)
  • Polk (rural & urban)
  • Columbia (rural only)

For Rural Only Counties, view this list for the eligible towns.

Urban designation is a population of 10,000 or less. The burden-of-proof lies with the client. Proof of population can be found on the internet census website, or at your local post office.

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Eligibility

Once again, USDA Food & Nutrition Services has increased the income guide rate to receive foods from our program. If you think you might be eligible, call our offices and we can help you.

FDPIR Net Monthly Income Standard

Household Members Monthly Income
1 $1,251
2 $1,629
3 $2,007
4 $2,393
5 $2,802
6 $3,211
7 $3,590
8 $3,986
9 $4,347
10 $4,726
Each additional member + $379

Standards effective October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022

If you think you might be eligible, give us a call and we will try to get you certified for food.  Look at the guideline and determine gross monthly income, have all necessary paperwork available for each household member.

Income includes:

  • social security
  • supplemental security income (SSI)
  • GA, VA benefits
  • per capita (if it is received monthly)
  • child support (received or paid)
  • retirement income

Deductions from income include $400 if you pay any utility or rent, childcare paid and child support paid. If you are an elder or disabled, we can deduct any monthly medical bills such as hearing aids, prescriptions, glasses, healthcare premiums, rides to and from appointments, home healthcare workers, and more.

A Message to All USDA Clients

We are coming out of the COVID-19 virus protocols.  We are allowing one (1) client into the building at a time to do your shopping lists and to bag your own foods.  If this changes, we will post it on the warehouse doors.   

We are accepting hand delivered application packets, but the preferred method of delivery is still email or fax.

Application

For initial client certification, please carefully read the information below and the additional documents provided. Complete the Food Distribution Program Application, answering all the questions truthfully. If you do not know the answer to a question, call and we will assist you. Leaving a question blank or with N/A will slow down the certification process and will delay you getting your food.

Income Verification

A Zero Income form must be completed by all adults who claim to have no income. Have a full month of income verification for all working adults. If you are paid weekly, we will need to have four check stubs or a print out of the full months pay. If you are paid every two weeks, have two-three paystubs. If paid twice monthly have two check stubs. If you are receiving any kind of Social Security benefit, please have a benefit letter or a bank statement showing the amount deposited in your account from Social Security.

Additional Information Needed For Certification

The following documentation must be provided with your application to determine your eligibility. This shows you all the various documentation that we need to get you certified. You may not need all of the forms, so read each one carefully and see what pertains to you and your household.

  • Copy of Tribal ID or Certification of Indian Blood also a picture ID for household members over the age of 18.
  • Copy of Social Security cards for all family members on the application or something with the number on it.
  • Copy of documentation for one full month of income for any person 18 years or older and employed.
  • Copy of documentation of benefits received including Pensions, Social Security, Child Support, TANF, Public Assistance, GA, Higher Education grants, or per capita payments. Any payments that are received by the household must be reported.
  • If any person on the application is 18 years or older and not receiving any income, this person must complete a Zero Income Form.
  • If you are living rent free, you must provide a statement from your Landlord stating this.
  • If you are making shelter/utility payments each month, bring verification to take advantage of the standard deduction.
  • If you live with someone not on the application, we need a statement from him or her, stating that you store food and prepare your meals separately.
  • Documentation of childcare expenses, and/or child support payments.
  • If you are elderly or disabled and have out of pocket medical expenses in excess of $35, please bring receipts with you and they can also be deducted from income.

We must receive all this information prior to scheduling an appointment for you. Please be advised that you will not receive services until USDA receives all documents.

Once you have completed the Application Packet, mail it to:

CTSI – USDA
PO Box 549
Siletz, OR 97380

or bring it in person to 815 Logsden Rd. in Siletz. If it is closer for you to come to the Salem site, the address to come in person is 3160 Blossom Drive. We do not get mail delivery at the Salem site.

Application Packet

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

SNAP and FDPIR State or local agencies, and their sub-recipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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) Mailing it to:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Faxing it to: 202-690-7442; or

(3) Email it to: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Warehouse Locations and Distribution Dates

Salem Warehouse

Located at 3160 Blossom Drive NE, Suite 185, Keizer, OR. Distribution dates at the Salem site are generally set for the third full week of the month unless otherwise noted.

Telephone

503-391-5760
800-922-1399 ext. 1869

Fax: 503-391-4296

December

Day Date Time
Monday Dec. 13 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday Dec. 14 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday Dec. 15 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday Dec. 16 By Appointment Only

Siletz Warehouse

Located at 815 Logsden Rd., Siletz, OR, 97380. We do scheduled appointments for food pick-up the first full week of the month out of the Siletz warehouse.

Telephone

541-444-8393
800-922-1399 ext. 1393

Fax: 541-444-8306 

December

Day Date Time
Wednesday Dec. 1 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday Dec. 2 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday Dec. 3 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday Dec. 6 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday Dec. 7 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

For Clients and Walk-ins

If you are a certified client and have received an appointment slip for the next month, we request that if you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment, give us a call and we will try to reschedule you. If you have indicated on your application an Authorized Representative, they can pick your food up for you. If you show up before or after your scheduled time, we serve our scheduled clients first so you may have to wait.

If you are a walk-in, in order to serve you more quickly, please have all the documentation necessary to get you certified.

  • The most important thing to remember is that you cannot receive SNAP benefits & FDPIR (Commodity Foods) in the same month.
  • One full month of income verification for all adults in the home. Per capita payments received monthly is considered income and child support, foster care & adoption subsidies are all countable income.
  • Verification of childcare paid to someone outside the household.
  • Tribal ID or CIB, SS cards or the number for all household members.
  • Picture ID for all adult household members.
  • Shelter or utility bill with your name and address on it.

Contact

 

Salem Warehouse

503-391-5760
3160 Blossom Drive, Suite 185
Keizer, OR 97305

Siletz Warehouse

541-444-8279
815 Logsden Rd.
PO Box 549
Siletz, OR 97380

Sammy Hall

Temporary FDP Director

SammyH@ctsi.nsn.us
541-444-8393

Position Vacant

USDA Clerk

541-444-8279