Prince George's County will be the first community in the Washington suburbs to distribute surplus cheese to its needy citizens.
The county's allocation of 50,500 pounds of processed American cheese will be distributed at six locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday by an antipoverty agency, the United Communities Against Poverty.
Five pounds per person will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis to county residents who have official documentation that they are unemployed, receive food stamps or are on medical assistance programs, according to Edith Jamison, UCAP director. She said those covered by D.C. unemployment compensation must show a driver's license, voter card or other proof of Prince George's residency.
The Prince George's distribution locations will be: Glenarden Town Hall, 8600 Glenarden Pkwy.; Bowie Town Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr.; Salvation Army, 4825 Edmonston Rd., Hyattsville; UCAP energy office, 14050 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine; Help Laurel, Apt. 417 of Dana Lyn Apartments, 610 Main St., Laurel, and Fairmont Heights Town Hall, 717 60th Pl.
Montgomery County is planning a similar distribution of about 25,000 pounds through six distribution centers, tentatively on Feb. 13. The county Department of Liquor Control has agreed to have its trucks deliver the cheese from warehouses to the as-yet-unannounced distribution points.
In Virginia, plans for cheese distribution are incomplete, according to John W. Nelson Jr., supervisor for the state Agriculture Department. When the distribution is made, starting possibly late this week, he said it will be done through local welfare offices.
The District of Columbia's general distribution was made two weeks ago.