CLAY COUNTY — A mobile food pantry will now be featured at Clay County Public Health Center as a result of a new partnership between the county and Harvester's Community Food Network.

The new pantry will be available from 3 to 5 p.m the first Wednesday of the month at the health center, located at 800 Haines Drive in Liberty.

"Food insecurity and a lack of sufficient nutritious fruits and vegetables is a common concern among many clients of CCPHC," Women Infant and Children Program Manager Lori Bunton said. "While there are several food pantries scattered across the county, the need exceeds capacity." 

When other pantries in the area are closed on the first Wednesday of each month, Harvester's will deliver food to the health center for community members to benefit from.

Additionally, Bunton said CCPHC decided to partner with Harvester's to provide a monthly food pantry with a focus on fresh produce.

"We had our second one this last Wednesday," Bunton said referring to Wednesday, July 3. "We had beautiful produce with it."

The pantry is designed for county families with low income or who are having difficulty in reliably securing nutritious foods.

"This helps WIC and SNAP benefits go a bit further each month without sacrificing the family's ability to access nutritious foods," Bunton said. "We also plan to offer a nutrition class and food demo in conjunction with the mobile pantry each month."

For more information, call the center at 595-4200.

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