What Are Mobile Pantries?
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 an effective and expeditious way of distributing food and maintain an atmosphere of dignity. A mobile pantry also serves some very specific needs:
- Targets the underserved area, removing barriers to access and therefore expands capacity, builds the community and creates access.
- Takes food directly to clients in a timely manner allowing a farmer’s market-style distribution encouraging greater interaction between volunteers and clients, allowing them to share recipes, family traditions and life stories.
- 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 of providing necessary services for the needy in the community.
Mobile Pantry Fast Facts
- Second Harvest is now conducting an average of 10-to-12 mobile pantries a month, up from just four a month in 2015.
- In December 2018, Second Harvest partnered with A New Day Initiative and Godby High School to conduct the largest mobile pantry in the food bank’s history, distributing 900 holiday meals to families in need.
- In March 2019, Second Harvest conducted 21 mobile pantries across eight Big Bend counties.