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The mobile food pantry events occur the first Wednesday of every month. (Occasionally, severe weather may cause us to cancel an event. In this case, please check our social media channels for updates.)
Distribution usually starts at 3pm and ends when we run out of food or 4:30 pm. In the past, we have had a long line form hours before the event begins but as of Spring 2022, this is no longer the case and we still encourage you to come even if you can't arrive until after distribution starts.
This event takes place outside Clay County Public Health Center, located at 800 Haines Drive, Liberty, MO 64068.
No. Since 2020, our mobile food pantry has been a drive through event. This means that there is no need to leave your car.
When you arrive, simply get in line and our staff will come around and give you the short questionnaire to fill out while you wait. When you get to the front of the line, volunteers will take your piece of paper and load your food in your car.
While the purpose of the event is to provide fresh and healthy foods to those in our community who might otherwise not be able to afford all the nutritious food their family needs that week, anyone is welcome to get food at our events. No proof of need is required. You can also pick up food for other people.
You do not have to live in Clay County.
You do not need to bring any paperwork or anything else to receive food.
We will ask one person from each car to fill out 1 form for each family receiving food. This is a short, half-page questionnaire that asks things like zip code, how many people are in your household and how you heard about the event.
Usually we receive boxes of fruits and vegetables from Harvesters to distribute. This could include apples, potatoes, onions, greens, corn, carrots and lots more. Each month is different!
In the past, we have sometimes received other types of food items like dairy or meat. We cannot guarantee these in the future.
Happy Bottoms is not scheduled to attend any of our events at this time. If your family is currently in need, you can always contact Happy Bottoms to become part of their program.
Yes! We just ask that one form per family is filled out.
Please make sure that whoever picks up for you knows:
Unfortunately we are not able to deliver food or allow anyone to pick up food outside of our pantry's hours.
We usually distribute all the food during the event and/or the food items must be kept cold which we cannot accommodate in our building.
We understand that our event is not always convenient for everyone. If someone is not able to pick up food for you, there are still many opportunities in the area to get free food items if you are in need.
Please see Harvesters' Get Food Assistance page for helpful info.
Yes, thank you for your interest! You can sign up to volunteer through Harvesters or through Clay County Public Health's volunteer interest form.
Clay County Public Health Center cannot accept food donations for our mobile food pantry. However, you can donate food to Harvesters.
Do you have extras from your garden that you'd like to donate? Harvesters also has a program where you can donate produce that you've grown. Click here to learn more.