Free food available for low-income mothers, children, seniors

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Low-income seniors, pregnant and postpartum mothers, and children under 6 can get a free food basket every month if they qualify under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Council for Helping Others program.

E.C.H.O. is a sister program to the USDA. Women, Infants, and Children supplemental food program, said Christine Flores, E.C.H.O. intake coordinator.

Instead of a using a card to purchase food at grocery stores or farmers markets, E.C.H.O. clients pick up a food basket once a month at the senior center. The E.C.H.O. basket is filled with about $50 worth of non-perishable food, such as canned meat, fish, vegetables and fruit as well as cereal and packaged cheese.

People can use either E.C.H.O. or WIC, but not both.

To apply for the E.C.H.O. program, show up at the Socorro senior center with proof of age, residency and income on April 22 from 9 a. m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 505-242-6777.