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Editorial: Mobile pantry
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Congratulations to the United Way of Kershaw County and its Mobile Nutrition Center on the opening of its fifth food pantry distribution site.

As detailed in today’s edition, the mobile pantry began distributing food a little more than a year ago with three locations and -- in the short time since -- now distributes to five locations. The newest is Westville, which joins Cassatt, Elgin, Mt. Pisgah and the Knights Hill community.

The new distribution point is set up at Belmont Baptist Church on Payne Pond Road in Westville. The United Way will celebrate its opening on Wednesday, March 19 starting at 11 a.m. and will include lunch.

According to the United Way’s website, the Mobile Nutrition Center “addresses the issue of food insecurity in Kershaw county. Food insecurity occurs when a family or individual has little to no access to nutritious foods.” The organization goes on to say that its mission is to end that insecurity among residents by providing improved nutritional value of food intake and wellness education, working in  partnership with Harvest Hope  and other community groups.

We’ve reported on “food deserts” -- areas where its hard for residents to purchase affordable, fresh, quality food to feed themselves and their families.

Through the Mobile Nutrition Center, the United Way is helping residents in five such areas in our county get the nutrition they and their children need.