Free rice distribution today


SAIPAN: Nov. 3, 2022, 8:30am
TINIAN: Nov. 5, 2022, 9am, Tinian Youth Center.
ROTA: Nov. 5, 2022, 11am, Sinapalo Youth Center


The CNMI Office of the Governor, through the Office of Grants Management and State Clearinghouse, will be giving out 50-lb sacks of short or long grain rice today, Nov. 3, 2022, in a drive-thru event for Saipan residential households.

The food security outreach program will be held at the following locations from 8:30am to 4:30pm:

1. Koblerville Youth Center

2. Garapan Fishing Base

3. Kagman Community Center

About 1,000 to 1,250 sacks of 50-lbs rice will be given out per location.

To avail of a sack of rice, residential homeowners must present a photocopy of a valid government-issued identification card and submit a hard copy of their most recent Commonwealth Utilities Corp. utility billing. Digital copies or electronic formats will not be accepted. There is a limit of one sack of rice per CUC utility billing. The photocopies of the CUC billings collected will not be returned. Sub-metered households are allowed, but these residents should submit a photocopy of the master CUC meter account bill. Furthermore, the Office of Grants & State Clearinghouse will be tracking CUC account numbers to prevent repeats.

The public is advised to have all documents ready, expect traffic congestion, have enough space in your vehicle for the rice, and to extend courtesy and patience to others while waiting in the drive-thru event. No walk-ins will be entertained for this event.

With limited supply for this event, items will be available for distribution on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the specified time only, while supplies last.

Due to the continuing threat of COVID-19, the public is required to observe and comply with health and safety protocols. Masks are required at all times during the program event hours of operations. All vehicle operators and passengers must remain in their vehicles at all times and must follow all posted event signs and obey all event traffic flow signs.

Separately, 500 rice vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to walk-ins who apply at the Office of Grants Management & State Clearinghouse on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.

The rice voucher can only be used at New XO Market on Middle Road, Saipan, with a validity date of Nov. 9, 2022, to Nov. 30,  2022.

To avail of a rice voucher, the same requirements apply: residential homeowners must submit a photocopy of a valid government-issued identification card and submit a photocopy of their most recent CUC billing.

Rice distribution for Tinian will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at 9am at the Tinian Youth Center. For Rota, the rice distribution drive will be held at the Sinapalo Youth Center at 11am on Nov. 5, 2022.

For more information, contact the Office of Grants Management and State Clearinghouse at (670)664-9994. (PR)

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