There was such an overwhelming response to the first two Farmers to Families distributions in Dale County that the location had to be changed because of traffic jams.

Cars line up for more than an hour in advance of the weekly distribution of boxes full of produce which begins at 8:30 a.m. each Thursday.

The Mary Hill Family Service Center is now part of the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box program.

Distribution of the boxes of about 20 pounds of fresh produce is weekly until all the boxes have been distributed.

The county’s family resource center, located on Katherine Avenue in Ozark, has a new leadership team that came on board about two months ago. Paige Knight is the MHFSC Program Director and Laura Bruce is the center’s resource development director.

“We are awarded about 500 boxes a week from now through December,” Bruce said, noting that volunteers are being sought to help unload the trucks.

The weekly distribution is now in the parking lot behind the old Van Heusen Building at 605 West Roy Parker Road in Ozark.

Distribution begins at 8:30 a.m. or as soon as they come off the truck until all the boxes have been distributed, Bruce said. Due to the decrease in boxes, only one box per car will be issued.

The Mary Hill Family Service Center was started in 2006 by concerned citizens in Dale County who saw the needs in their community and were moved to action.

The center's focus is on strengthening families through new parent training classes, children's services, family and youth counseling and professional development.

Those interested in more information about the center’s services or the food distribution can call (334) 350-3668 or visit the center’s Facebook page.

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