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Farmers market collects items for food pantry

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 4:30 am

Need has no season.

During June, the Harker Heights Farmers Market partnered with the Harker Heights Food Care Center to collect donations to assist local families.

About 250 families, or 900 to 1,000 individuals, rely on the food care center every month.

Last year, the the city collected 162 pounds of food for the center through its Pack the Pantry initiative.

“This year, we are aiming to collect 200 pounds of food,” said Heather Cox, activities coordinator, adding that the idea for the canned food drive came from the market vendors themselves who wanted to do more to help the community.

Items needed include paper plates, soap, toothpaste, personal items, diapers, hot and cold cereal, baking goods, hearty soups, pasta, as well as canned food items.

The farmers market will collect these items from 8 a.m. to noon June 14.

“We have a themed market on every second Saturday of the month,” Cox said. Future themed markets include Christmas in July, Dog Days, a coat drive and a fall festival.

The Harker Heights Farmers Market, in its fourth year, provides a venue where local farmers, producers and artisans can offer a variety of fresh produce and related products.

The market, which is open every Saturday until Oct. 25, is on the front lawn of Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway. Call 254-953-5493.

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