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WINSTON SALEM — Surry County residents receiving assistance through the federal USDA Commodities Distribution Program will soon have several options to receive food.

Last month, the Surry County Board of Commissioners approved a recommendation from the county’s social services director that the county cease its quarterly distribution of food after decades.

The last distribution occurred in Mount Airy and Elkin on Sept. 13 and 14.

The food will now be distributed through the Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem.

With the administration of the program transferred to Second Harvest, area residents in need of food assistance will soon be able to receive USDA food items and other food assistance on a more regular basis through partner agencies of Second Harvest serving the county.

“Effective Oct. 22, USDA commodities for Surry County will be distributed through our organization to partner agencies serving Surry County,” said Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director of Second Harvest.

“In turn, these agencies will distribute USDA commodities, along with other food products obtained through Second Harvest Food Bank and other sources, through their established food assistance programs,” he continued. “Anyone in need of food assistance in Surry County is encouraged to visit one of the partner agencies listed below.”

The food will be distributed locally through the following agencies:

• Foothills Food Pantry — 233 Cooper St., Dobson, 386-8405.

• Fountain of Life Family Worship — 154 Cornerstone Lane, Mount Airy, 789-0400.

• Iglesia Wesleyana Cristo Te Am — 121 W. Wilson St., Mount Airy, 786-8956.

• Iglesia Wesleyana Cristo Vive — 680 N.C. 268 W., Elkin, 526-3050.

• Mount Airy Church of God — 1313 Carter St., Mount Airy, 789-2517.

• Pilot Mountain Outreach — 321 Old U.S. 52 Bypass, Pilot Mountain, 368-4907.

• Trinity Episcopal Church — 427 N. Main St., Mount Airy, 786-6067.

• Yokefellow Ministry of Mount Airy — 215 Jones School Road, Mount Airy, 789-5838.

County residents will continue to benefit from 100 percent of the USDA Commodity allocation for the county, Fitzgerald said, and should find the new model more convenient.

Instead of one distribution day per quarter, county residents will be able to access this assistance through the local food assistance program nearest them on a regular basis.

Fitzgerald said he is proud Second Harvest can be involved with the local food program.

“In partnership with its member agencies operating in communities across Surry County, Second Harvest Food Bank’s have proudly served the people of Surry County with compassion and respect for three decades,” said Fitzgerald. “Together, we are sharing the abundance so no one goes hungry in the places where we live and work.”

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