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A Tremendous Deliberative Dialogue Around Food Insecurity in Clay County

On April 21, 2023, food leaders from various organizations gathered to discuss the pressing issue of food insecurity in the area at a forum hosted by Impact Clay. The event was a tremendous success, with participants exchanging ideas and discussing potential solutions to the problem. 

The organizations that participated in the dialogue included Food for Clay County, Seeds of Love Ministry, Saved 2 Serve: North Florida’s Street Friends, Waste Not Want Not, Clay County, FL Government, Mercy Support Services, One Clay, High Ridge Initiative, Gregg-Linda Kaufman, The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry of Orange Park, and The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs.

During the dialogue, the participants shared their experiences and concerns related to food insecurity in Clay County. They discussed the challenges they faced in obtaining and distributing food to those in need. One of the main takeaways from the dialogue was that there simply isn’t enough food coming to the food pantries and distribution sites in the area. This shortage is exacerbating the problem of food insecurity in Clay County, making it difficult for those who need it to access food.

The dialogue was enlightening, and it shed light on the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing the issue of food insecurity. It highlighted the need for organizations to work together to find sustainable solutions that could make a real difference in the lives of people in Clay County.

We are excited about the results of the discussions and look forward to seeing the ideas that were generated being implemented in the future. The dialogue was just the beginning of what we hope will be a concerted effort to combat food insecurity in Clay County.