In Pottawatomie County alone, 16.6 percent of residents have inconsistent access to food. Although the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was able to distribute more than 1 million meals last year alone, it simply wasn’t enough.

• In Pottawatomie County alone, 16.6 percent of residents have inconsistent access to food. Although the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was able to distribute more than 1 million meals last year alone, it simply wasn’t enough.

In order to help combat the hunger in the county, a new nonprofit, Community Market of Pottawatomie County Food & Resource Center, will serve residents.

• The Community Market Food and Resource Center will sit at the corner of East Main Street and South Center, 1125 E. Main, in Shawnee.

• The center’s groundbreaking was held Sept. 22.

• The Avedis Foundation invested $750,000 into the market and served on the Board of Directors.

• Mission Shawnee has partnered with the market.

• Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, said the food bank started about 36 years ago. “What some viewed as a little bit of a crazy idea is an opportunity to provide a greater level of dignity for people having to come in and get food,” he said.