Clay Counts Coalition To Address Food Insecurity With Blessing Boxes

By Quinn O’Hara

Photo by Quinn O’Hara

A project from the Clay Counts Coalition is aiming to address food insecurity for Clay Center youth through blessing boxes.

Coalition Member Heather Tremblay is leading the project. She got the idea from a blessing box located outside of the United Methodist Church in Clay Center which the congregation stocks with non-perishable food items for those in need.

However, a majority of the boxes are currently set up as Little Lending Libraries, said Tremblay.

Tremblay estimates each box would cost roughly $30 to fill once, and around $8,000 to stock all 15 boxes in the community for a single year. Tremblay said she is yet to reach out to area organizations, businesses, and families, but is hoping to find a few individuals willing to sponsor or aid in the stocking of each box.

Though their Blessing Box project is still in its development stage, Tremblay and the Coalition hope their efforts will make a noticeable difference for Clay Center families struggling with food insecurity once everything is up and running

Sign up for the KCLY Digital Newspaper, The Regional