Following the Sept. 19 commodities distribution by the county, a new vendor will take over operation of the popular program, the Board of County Commissioners was told on Monday.
Handling the task of the county's quarterly commodities distribution takes help from 21 county employees, explained Health and Human Services Department managers. While the county receives the commodities for free, its expenses for handling the program at three different sites amounts to just over $800 per year, HHS managers said. The utility bill for running a commercial freezer to store supplies is $100 per month.
They added that the county's current contract to distribute commodities will expire on Sept. 30. After that time, the program is to be taken over by Food Bank of the Rockies which will decide where in the county the distributions will take place.
It is possible that only one location for county distributions will be selected in future, rather than the three currently in use, the BoCC was told. Nevertheless, commodities will continue to be available as in the past, HHS staff reported.
The next county-supervised commodities distribution is scheduled for Sept. 19, commissioners were told.
Commodities distribution is a supplement to the federally funded food stamp program that is administered locally by the HHS department. While the county's case load of food stamp clients decreased in June to 1,803 from 1,865 in May, the number is still well ahead of the 1,697 cases being handled a year ago.
The county's Health and Human Services department uses various outsourced contractors to manage its various tasks.
Last year, the county began using Goodwill Industries as the contractor to handle the Low Income Energy Assistance program. That program, like the commodities program, is federally funded. By using an out-sourced contractor, the local staff time needed to administer the program is reduced and trained staff can be assigned to other projects.blog comments powered by Disqus