Food Bank of the Rockies realized many of our rural communities simply couldn’t keep up with the demand for food assistance. With a generous donation of a new truck from JP Morgan Chase, in 2010, we launched our mobile pantry program. The rural program was so successful, we were fortunate to receive funds from another donor for an urban program soon after.
Mobile pantries bring food directly to communities where more help is needed. Our refrigerated trucks are met by a team of volunteers who help with set up and distribution. Clients receive the food based on self-declared need and once the food is distributed, the volunteers help tear down the distribution, clean up the area and our truck comes back to the food bank.
A typical mobile pantry will distribute about 7500 pounds of food, consisting of 10 – 15 items including protein, canned goods, fresh produce and dairy. Clients bring their own bags or boxes and take home the food directly from the mobile pantry site. Last year we distributed 2,590,900 pounds to 18 locations and the program continues to grow. We are now serving 32 sites each month with a goal to increase to 36 in the near future.
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