On April 17, a steady line of residents gathered in the parking lot at Country Trace affordable senior housing community in Palmyra. Harrison County Community Services, Inc. (HCCSI) had arrived in a large, white box truck filled with items from its food pantry – a new service being piloted at a few rural housing communities.
The service, said Executive Director Rick Cooper, was implemented as a means to reach more people in need.
“Home delivery is something we have discussed for a while,” said Cooper. “Our new home delivery service focuses on senior, low-income and disabled populations, and gives us the ability to serve additional people who need food, but don’t or can’t come to the office in Corydon.”
Residents at Country Trace were pleased to have access to the food they need without having to coordinate transportation and make the 20-minute trek from Palmyra to HCCSI near downtown Corydon.
There were 16 households served, eight of which had never been to HCCSI.
“Already, 50% of those we reached had not previously received services, and we think that number will grow each month,” said Cooper.
The agency will visit Country Trace residents once a month to deliver food, which includes fresh produce, two types of meat, canned goods, dry goods, such as pasta and rice, as well as snacks.