USDA Food Distribution and CPUC Discount Phone Service Program

California LifeLine discounts Phone Service Program

On Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. As recipients arrived to pick up their monthly USDA food allotments, Chairperson Silvia Burley passed out pamphlets regarding the California LifeLine Program. The California LifeLine Program is a service provided by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The two discounted phone service programs pamphlets that were provided to CVMT are: 1.) LifeLine for Tribal Lands, an Enhanced LifeLine for Tribal lands provides discounted home phone service to qualified households. With the Enhanced LifeLine discounts residents of federally recognized tribal lands get the opportunity to have basic phone service for as little as $1.00 a month. There’s no charge for deposits for basic phone service or for toll blocking. The discounted rate for service connection is $10.00 Interest-free installment payment plans are available, and 2.) The California LifeLine for the general public. The California LifeLine Program provides discounted home phone service to qualified households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Consumers can get unlimited local calls for less than $7.00 a month. There’s no charge for deposits or toll-blocking. The discounted rate for connection fees is $10.00. Installation payment plans are also available. Start saving money by calling your local home phone company and ask for the California LifeLine discounts.

Only one discount per household is allowed. Households must choose to get the discount either on a home phone or a cell phone, but not on both. Households cannot get the discount from multiple phone companies. After you submit your application the California LifeLine Administrator will send you a letter in the mail informing you whether or not your application was approved. For more information you may call (866) 272-0357. CVMT is hoping that the discounted phone service information will get out to all individuals whom may qualify for the program services. As for the USDA Food Distribution, as usual, it is always nice to catch up on how the recipient families are doing. Sharing recipes is something we all look forward to. The USDA Food Distribution allotments have nutritional foods that easily make many delicious meals. The popular item of late has been the canned salmon and frozen roasts.

CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver, and CVMT would like to thank the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the pamphlets and posters that CVMT shared within its Native community.