The Manna Food Center in Rockville began distributing surplus food this week at various sites in Montgomery County.

The U.S. Agriculture Department, through the State of Maryland, has allocated butter, cheese, dry milk, honey, rice, flour and cornmeal for distribution.

To be eligible for surplus food, a person must receive Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps or Maryland Energy Assistance, or meet certain poverty guidelines.

To meet the poverty guidelines, a family of two must earn less than $905 a month; a family of four must earn less than $1,375 a month, and a family of six must earn less than $1,845 a month.

Distribution took place this week at the Clarksburg Recreation Center and at the Seventh-day Adventist Community Center in Takoma Park and will resume today at the Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton.

Tomorrow, free food will be available at the Poolesville Health Clinic; the Lincoln Park Community Center and the Community Health Clinic, both in Rockville; Takoma Park Junior High School; and the Upper County Community Center, St. Martin's Catholic Church and the Stewartown United Methodist Church, all in Gaithersburg.

Other distribution sites are the Plum Gar Community Center in Germantown; the Rosemary Hills Community Center, the St. Camillus Catholic Church and the Silver Spring Center, all in Silver Spring; the Ross Boddy Community Center in Sandy Spring; the Wheaton Center; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda, and the Ken Gar Community Center in Kensington.

Distribution will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Deliveries to the handicapped will be made in the next two weeks. Those eligible, but who have not had a previous delivery, may call 424-1242. Those who have had a previous delivery, do not need to call.

Every three months the center distributes the food as part of the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program under a contract with the county Department of Family Resources.