Free processed American cheese and butter will be distributed to eligible families in Fairfax and Arlington counties from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

To be eligible, families must live in those two jurisdictions and already be receiving one or more of the following: food stamps, Medicaid, aid to dependent children, general relief, or refugee assistance.

Officials in both counties suggest that recipients pick up their cheese and butter at the location nearest their residence. Since no shortage of cheese or butter is anticipated, officials urge eligible persons not to arrive early.

Up to 20 pounds of cheese per household will be distributed, depending on family size. One pound of butter will be distributed per family member.

For further information, call the Fairfax County Information and Referral Service at 691-3253 or the Arlington County Information and Referral Service at 558-2105.

Distribution of cheese and butter will take place at the following locations: Fairfax County Alexandria -- Route 1 area -- Groveton Baptist Church, 6511 Richmond Hwy. and Saunders B. Moon Center, 8100 Fordson Rd.; Annandale -- Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike; Baileys Crossroads -- Glen Carlyn Baptist Church, 3245 Glen Carlyn Rd.; Fairfax -- Salvation Army, 4915 Ox Rd.; Falls Church -- Know Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd.; Franconia -- Koinonia Foundation, 6037 Franconia Rd.; Lorton -- Cranford Methodist Church, corner of Gunston and Old Colchester roads; Reston -- United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Rd.; Springfield -- Springfield Christian Church, 5407 Backlick Rd.; Tysons Corner/Mclean -- Providence Baptist Church, 8120 Leesburg Pike (adjacent to Tysons Corner Mall); Vienna -- The Bowman House, 211 Center St. (across from Vienna Elementary School). Arlington County North Arlington -- George Mason Center, 1801 N. George Mason Dr.; South Arlington -- Fenwick Center, 800 S. Walter Reed Dr.