Community Market of Pottawatomie County, at 120 S. Center, is a food bank downtown that helps local residents year-round. During the holiday season, while many nonprofits do special dinners or distributions, the market will keep its sights set on filling the daily needs of residents.

Community Market of Pottawatomie County, at 120 S. Center, is a food bank downtown that helps local residents year-round.

During the holiday season, while many nonprofits do special dinners or distributions, the market will keep its sights set on filling the daily needs of residents.

“Holiday meals would be very expensive for us; currently we are just doing regular service,” Executive Director Daniel Matthews said. “We leave holiday meals to other organizations since we have to be available all year.”

He said if the market has a donor or receives a donation through the Regional Foodbank offering turkeys or hams, they would make them available.

“They usually aren’t available through the market,” he said. “We would announce it on social media and have a separate give-away to help.”

For those interested in requesting the Community's Market's services, visit ourcommunitymarket.org or go to 120 S. Center during open hours.

How the market serves people

The market provides a normalized shopping experience for its guests by using the client choice model. This model allows families and individuals to select the foods they enjoy. By customizing a shopping experience for its clients, it encourages healthy choices through education and one-on-one interaction with volunteers. Volunteers builds relationships through client interaction and personally impact their community. Another byproduct of the client choice model is limited food waste and maximized use of resources.

How it serves local food pantries

The market achieves its goal to improve the quality of life for everyone by working together.

“We recognize that the Community Market can’t reach everyone who is in need and are partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to serve as a distribution point for local food pantries,” the website reads.

By serving as a distribution hub, the market streamlines the process of putting food on the table for our neighbors and maximize the benefits each organization offers. Through local food pantries, the Community Market also coordinates educational programs within the community.

How the market serves community organizations

A culture of cooperation among local organizations is key to genuine change in the lives of families and individuals, the site states.

“In order to meet our goal of holistic wellness, other needs besides physical hunger must be met,” the website reads. “As we work with clients in the market, we identify other needs and connect them with additional community resources.”

The Community Market also partners with local organizations such as the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to provide educational opportunities for its clients.

“Ultimately, we recognize that we are one piece of the wellness picture and prioritize working with our partners to create lasting community change,” the site states.

News to know

Visitors will want to take heed of the following info below. Also, the market cannot process requests without certain information.

Please note:

• Every time you visit please bring a current mailed utility bill with your current physical address and your state issued ID.

• If you arrive early we are unable to open the doors prior to the posted time.

• During times of high volume, doors may close early due to limited capacity.

• Afternoon hours are consistently less busy than morning hours.

For more information, visit ourcommunitymarket.org.