Food Distribution Planned

The Manna Food Center will distribute free food at 34 locations throughout Montgomery County during the coming week.

Beginning today, U.S. Department of Agriculture surplus cheese, butter, dry milk, honey, flour and rice will be given away to those eligible for the program. To be eligible, a person must receive Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, or Maryland Energy Assistance, or meet poverty guidelines.

For example, to be eligible, a family of two must earn less than $925 a month; a family of four, less than $1,400 a month; and a family of six, less than $1,875 a month. Eligibility cards will be issued to those who have not yet received one once evidence of eligibility is presented.

All distribution sites are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Distribution days and places are:

Today at the Seventh-Day Adventist Community Service Center in Takoma Park.

Tomorrow at the Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center in Wheaton and the Rockville Senior Center.

Saturday at the Poolesville Health Clinic; the Lincoln Park Community Center; the Community Health Clinic in Rockville; Takoma Park Junior High School; the Upper County Community Center, St. Martin's Catholic Church, and the Stewartown United Methodist Church, all in Gaithersburg; the Plum Gar Community Center in Germantown; Rosemary Hills Community Center, St. Camillus Catholic Church, the Silver Spring Center, all in Silver Spring; the Ross Boddy Community Center in Sandy Spring; Wheaton Center; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda; and the Ken Gar Community Center and Rebecca House in Kensington.

Monday at the Clarksburg Recreation Center, and from noon to 3 p.m. at Damascus United Methodist Church.

For more information, call 424-1242 or 424-1130.

Deliveries to the handicapped also are being made. Those eligible who have not had a previous delivery should call 424-1242. Those who have had a previous delivery need not call.

Food, Toy Donations Sought

Montgomery's largest holiday food and toy program, Helping Hand, is seeking donations of canned foods and toys for 750 needy Silver Spring and Takoma Park families.

Helping Hand, in its eighth year of operation, is a cooperative program of the Montgomery County Government Center in Silver Spring, the Eastern Area Recreation Department and Silver Spring HELP Inc., a nonprofit organization of churches and synagogues providing emergency services throughout the year.

Helping Hands organizers say they also hope to raise $8,000 for turkeys, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Families who receive donations are referred by public and private agencies.

Financial contributions may be sent to Helping Hand, c/o Signet Bank, 850 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring 20910. To become a volunteer or to make arrangements to donate canned foods and toys, call 585-4357.

Lawyer Joins State

Arthur Drea has resigned as general counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to become assistant attorney general for the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.

Drea, who served as assistant county attorney from 1968 to 1970, was a zoning hearing examiner in the county from 1970 to 1972. In 1974, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates where he served until 1978.

A Chicago native, he is a graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School.

Smoke Detectors Urged

Montgomery County fire officials are urging county residents to install smoke detectors in their homes and are offering free detectors to residents. Officials asked, however, that because supplies are limited only those who cannot afford to buy a detector apply for one from the county.

Contact local fire departments for information.

Free smoke detectors also will be installed for senior citizens who fill out a form at the Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center at 3950 Ferrara Dr. in Wheaton.

The department has distributed 1,200 smoke detectors in the past two years, according to Mary Marchone, a fire education specialist with the department. Working smoke detectors are required in all county residences, and a minimum fine of $250 can be imposed for homeowners who fail to comply.

Fire officials stress that smoke detectors save lives, and urge residents to install and maintain them. Marchone said they should be tested monthly and cleaned occasionally by removing and washing the cover and vacuuming the inside. Detectors that are more than five years old and have no test button should be replaced. She suggested that detectors be on each level of a house and outside each bedroom.