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Mobile pantry to visit this month

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NASHVILLE – Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Howard County with its Mobile Pantry.
“We have several communities in our rural service area that are not fully served by local partner agencies. Harvest helps by providing direct service in these areas to fill the need,” said Camille Wrinkle, Executive Director of Harvest Regional Food Bank.
Harvest Regional will distribute USDA commodities directly from their truck on Wed., July 29 from 10 a.m. until noon . Seniors ages 65 and older will be served first, starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by those younger than 65. The truck will be parked at the First Baptist Family Activity Building at 415 N. Main St.
Volunteers are needed to help load boxes into cars and help recipients with the short application. To volunteer, call Harvest Regional at 870-774-1398.
Those in need must bring photo identification verifying their age and that they reside in Howard County. One distribution will be made per household and residents cannot pick up food for others. Federal commodities will be available for those that meet income requirements and do not receive commodities at another location.
Food boxes will include an assortment of canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices and other items.
Harvest Regional began the Mobile Pantry Program in 2011 with Pike and Lafayette Counties. Howard County was added in 2014 and Harvest plans to add additional Mobile Pantries for every county in their service area later this year.