Mobile pantries are Second Harvest of the Big Bend food distributions funded by grants and donations and conducted jointly with one of our Agency Partners located throughout our 11-county service area, often in a church or nonprofit’s parking lot, at an announced date and time.
Between 100 and 900 people will typically receive food distributions, including dry goods, fresh produce and frozen meat. All active partners in good standing are eligible to host a mobile pantry.
Benefits of Mobile Pantry
Besides offering flexibility of delivery, mobile pantries offer a quick and effective way to distribute food and maintain an atmosphere of dignity. A mobile pantry also serves some very specific needs:
Targets underserved areas, removing barriers to access and therefore expanding capacity, building community and creating access.
Takes food directly to clients in a timely manner allowing a farmer’s market-style distribution encouraging greater interaction between volunteers and clients, encouraging everyone to share recipes, family traditions and life experiences.
Provides the opportunity for religious and charitable organizations to partner with local governments, businesses, and universities to manage the distribution. A one-time distribution can develop into a long-term partnership to provide necessary services for the needy in the community.
Mobile Pantry Fast Facts
Second Harvest is now conducting an average of 30 mobile pantries a month.
In November 2021, Second Harvest conduct the largest mobile pantry in the food bank’s history, distributing 1,300 holiday meals to families in need.