The 28 food items are available through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance, and the Department of Human Resources.
"We typically serve about 648 in Bartow County," said Barbara Childress-Chambers, the Bartow County service coordinator.
The food, which was trucked in on four tractor-trailers early this week, is boxed and bagged by volunteers, and includes vegetable soup, plums, kernel corn, tomatoes, tomato soup, apple juice, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, cherry-apple juice, cranberry sauce, dates, macaroni, grits, peanut butter, fluid milk, rotini, spaghetti pasta, apple sauce and peaches.
Childress-Chambers said distributions typically take place on Wednesday and all seven counties in Tallatoona's service area will be passing out commodities this week.
Childress-Chambers said the organization typically holds similar events four times per year but cutbacks have forced the agency into hosting just one in 2011.
Held at Atco Clubhouse, 3 Goodyear Ave. in Cartersville, those seeking assistance must reside in Bartow County and meet income requirements. Any household whose maximum gross income is less than the state-established maximum for the appropriate household size is eligible, according to a release. Senior citizens, along with those who are disabled, unemployed or elderly, and low-income families or individuals also are encouraged to attend.
The event is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. "We want to make sure those people who really need assistance get there," she said.
Tallatoona CAP also will host future programs, including a garden seed program, GED assistance and youth program.
The garden seed program will include a $25 voucher for seeds and vegetables to aid senior citizens in maintaining nutrition levels, Childress-Chambers said. The youth program will work in conjunction with after-school programs in the area, and children and their parents will be the focus, which adheres to the organizations holistic approach.
Childress-Chambers said the agency provides holistic case management aimed at working with the entire family. "Self-sufficiency is the key to everything we do."
In addition, Tallatoona CAP advocates for rent assistance, offers a food pantry for those in between receiving food stamps, distributes diabetic supplies such as cotton balls, and aids those who meet income guidelines in earning a GED.
"We are also presently assisting eligible households with our LIHEAP, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Clients that have not received assistance since Nov. 1, 2010, should contact the Bartow County HRDC office for an appointment," Childress-Chambers said.
For more information on Wednesday's food distribution or other Tallatoona CAP programs, call 770-382-4222 or visit www.tallatoonacap.org.