HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Residents in Huntington were given the opportunity to get free produce today from the East Texas Food Bank.
"We have pockets of food deserts in our county," Shanelle Stewart with the Angelina County and Cities health District said. "People do not have access to healthy foods. We have a grant through the national WIC Association. Our goal is to bring these communities healthy foods."
The program is free to all residents in the area and the fresh produce is given out until the food pantry at Hunting,ton's First Baptist Church runs out of food. It helps residents like Denice Powell who have limited options for food choices.
"The food stamp office is giving me $80 a month," Powell said. "Really, $80 a month isn't even enough. It is great when people come together for the community."
Leah Martin runs the pantry and said finances and health are the main concern people are limited on what they can buy.
The clients that we see have limited funds or limited food stamps," Leah Martin said. "A lot of times they won't use that to buy produce because produce is so expensive."
The Huntington community was the first chosen by the health district to launch the program. Angelina county is consistently ranked in the lower half of the state when it comes to health statistics. The district believes they can improve those numbers with drops like the one in Huntington.
"In Lufkin we have a lot and it is centralized," Kristine Childress said."Huntington and Zavalla are part of Angeline County but a lot of times I think they are forgotten because it is so rural."