Mobile Pantry

The Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry Program delivers and distributes fresh, healthy food directly into the communities that need it. Mobile Food Pantry programs provide many benefits to the Foodbank, its partner agencies, and the neighborhoods they service:

  • Mobile Pantries utilize large refrigerated trucks capable of supplying fresh foods which traditional pantries neither collect nor distribute
  • Mobile pantries extend Foodbank and agency services into neighborhoods outside of their normal range, and thereby enlarge the circle of help in the community
  • In addition to expanding food capacity, these distributions remove barriers which prevent access to unserved or underserved communities, and do so efficiently with an air of dignity
  • Mobile Pantries streamline the delivery process and reduce strain on partner agencies by providing secure transportation of a variety of fresh, nutritionally dense foods
  • By providing an emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats to needy communities, they help combat obesity

Locations for the Mobile Food Pantry Program are selected based upon the need in a given neighborhood, as judged by the number of children from that neighborhood who qualify for free lunch at their local school. Typically, clients served go home with an average of 2 to 4 produce items weighing up to 20 lbs, plus other grocery items. Sample Mobile Food Pantry items include:

  • Assorted fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Frozen meat, including lean cuts of beef, pork, and chicken
  • Prepared meats, including bacon, franks, and cold cuts
  • USDA / The Emergency Family Assistance Program (TEFAP) commodities, ranging from canned vegetables and fruit, cold cereal, to meat or other protein items
  • An assortment of bread and bakery products

Mobile Food Pantry sponsors have the opportunity to financially support the Foodbank and service the community in a very tangible way. Sponsors are able to provide their own volunteers and thereby take an active role in making a real difference in needy communities.Each sponsorship provides enough food to serve up to 100 families and anybody can sign up to host a distribution! Just call 757-596-7188, and the Outreach Coordinator will work with each sponsor to determine the logistics for each distribution. Sponsor requirements include:

  • A location to host the Mobile Food Pantry, such as a paved parking lot or gym
  • Schedule a weekday and time for the distribution
  • Pre-registration of recipients for the distribution
  • Provide 10 to 12 volunteers to off-load and distribute the food