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USDA Updates Income Eligibility Guidelines for Supplemental Commodity Food Program

The USDA has updated income eligibility guidelines for the Supplemental Feeding Program to help help more low-income seniors. According to a press release, the monthly income of a one-person household rose from $1,396 to $1,473 per month. This means that anyone who earns $1,473 or less would be eligible to be part of the program.

“As we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic, more seniors are being affected by the choice between food and other needs,” said Zack Wilson, executive director of the High Plains Food Bank. “The CSFP program offers a critical solution to hunger for our seniors in the Texas Panhandle. »

Seniors who meet the age and household income requirements can enroll in the program by providing appropriate identification.

CSFP, the largest and most common older adult food program, provides supplemental groceries to low-income older adults ages 60 and older. Each month, CSFP participants receive a 25-30 pound box of shelf-stable groceries, valued at $60-70, and a 2-pound block of cheese to supplement their diet. Contents include a rotating menu of items including canned fruits, vegetables, animal protein, cereals, dried beans and rice, pasta, peanut butter, liquid milk and powdered milk every month. HPFB has seen continued program growth over the past two years.

Any senior who meets USDA income eligibility guidelines can apply in person at this event or any scheduled CSFP distribution and take home a box of senior food the same day. For seniors designating a representative to pick up a box on their behalf, an application (English and Spanish) and power of attorney form can be completed in advance and presented by their designated representative (proxy), along with a supporting document. acceptable identity.

For more information about the CSFP program, please visit or contact the High Plains Food Bank at 806-374-8562.

Iconic and Unique Artworks Power New Panhandle PBS Membership Campaign

Creations by Texas Panhandle artists that pay homage to iconic PBS characters are part of an ambitious effort by Panhandle PBS to increase membership among a younger and more diverse audience, according to a press release.

Panhandle PBS launched a pair of new social content projects to appeal to a younger demographic and partnered with Patreon, an online monthly subscription platform.

Starting March 1, anyone who supports Panhandle PBS via Patreon will receive, depending on the monthly membership level they select, a unique, recognizable cartoon on a sticker, postcard print, t-shirt — or three, the statement said. And a new artist, featuring a different character, will be featured each month.

Brittany Busch is the first artist featured, and her digital drawing of a familiar neighbor in a cowboy costume adorns freebies Panhandle PBS customers can receive in March.

“We’re excited to reach a younger demographic with our two new digital series featured on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram, ‘Blast from the Past’ and ’60 Seconds On,'” said Hilary Hulsey, Chief Content Officer for Panhandle. PBS. “We want to encourage them to become members, and we believe unique artwork by local artists will have great appeal.”

Using little-known facts and anecdotes, “Blast from the Past” sends viewers back to the nostalgic, educational, and sometimes weird world of PBS. A recent TikTok video featuring Curious George reached over 20,000 viewers.

“60 Seconds On” features information about community-related interests from across the Panhandle that align with Panhandle PBS’s mission to educate, entertain and empower.

For more information on Panhandle PBS or the station’s Patreon subscription opportunities, visit

Childress student wins National Cheer Team title at Angelo State University

SAN ANGELO — For the fifth straight year, the Angelo State University cheer squad won a national title at the United Spirit Association USA Collegiate Championships in Anaheim, Calif., according to a news release.

ASU’s 32-member co-ed Cheer Team, including Alexis Sauceda of Childress, won a national championship and also recorded a second-place finish, two national third-place finishes, and a fifth-place finish in the College Game Day division, including: First Place – College Situational Sideline Contest, Second Place – Mascot Contest, Third Place – College Fight Song Contest, Third Place – College Band Singing Contest, and Fifth Place – Co-Ed Show Cheer Performance Routine.

Angelo State is part of the Texas Tech University System with campuses across the state. For more information, log on to

Taoist philosopher featured in WT’s Great Books series in March

CANYON — Modern applications of the works of an ancient Chinese philosopher will be the focus of the March episode of West Texas A&M University’s Great Books series.

Dr. Daniel Bloom, Great Books organizer and associate professor of philosophy, will lead the discussion on Taoist thinker Zhuang Zhou, otherwise known as Zhuangzi or Chuang Tzu, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, via Zoom, according to a statement. Press.

“His writings, while approaching the world in a very different way from most modern views, are surprisingly easy to understand, or at least I find them so,” Bloom said. “I think it provides us with enough material for discussion, even in the brief excerpts that we will read.”

The discussion series – sponsored by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages ​​- is open to those who have or have not read the book, Bloom said. WT professors and guest lecturers lead the monthly discussions.

The series began in 2011 and is traditionally held in person on the second Tuesday of the month at Burrowing Owl Books, 7406 SW 34th Ave., Suite 2B, in Amarillo. He switched to Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic; a return to in-person meetings is expected to take place in the coming months.

To register for the March discussion, email Bloom at [email protected]

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