A partnership with Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry, local churches, and Cler-Mont LINC Caring Communities has fed thousands of community members in Independence.
Harvesters has provided 143,637 pounds of bread, produce, dairy, and non-perishable items to families over 4,510 times.
The Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry visits the area every third Thursday. Those receiving food meet first at Harmony Heights Baptist Church to sign-in before picking up their food across the street at Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene. Harmony Heights joined as a partner after the program grew too big for one parking lot.
The Fort Osage Food Pantry provides non-perishable items as well as meat and dairy as available, and is open at Cler-Mont Elementary Monday through Friday. Once per week (except the third week), there is a larger distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, and other items. Food for the pantry is from Harvesters, supported by LINC.
Adults can also participate in the University of Missouri - Extension Adult Nutrition program which meets once a month for 10 months. The program provides participants with information about food, nutrition, recipes, and teaches how to cook on a budget. Participants go home with groceries at the end of each class.