Prince George's County will begin distributing 50,050 pounds of surplus cheese to its needy citizens at 13 locations today.

To shorten waiting times, United Communities Against Poverty, the agency distributing the cheese, said that those with last names beginning with letters A through L may pick up the cheese today, while those with last names M through Z may pick it up tomorrow.

UCAP said five-pound blocks of processed American cheese will be given, one to a household, to those with official records showing they are Prince George's residents who are unemployed or are receiving food stamps or public medical assistance. The distribution is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the cheese stockpile.

The new locations, all to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, are: Seat Pleasant Town Hall, 6301 Addison Rd.; Seat Pleasant Elementary School, 6411 G St.; Capitol Heights Municipal Center, 401 Capitol Heights Blvd.; Park-16 Apartments, 4300 Vermillion Ave., Oxon Hill; Pratt Street Firehouse, Upper Marlboro; White Hall Baptist Church, 1205 Farmington Rd., Accokeek, and Union Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd., West Hyattsville.

Other sites include the Glenarden, Fairmont Heights and Bowie town halls, the Salvation Army in Hyattsville, the UCAP energy office at Brandywine and the Help Laurel office in the Dana Lynn Apartments, Laurel.