Fresh, healthy food tends to have a short shelf life. To make sure it gets to our clients as quickly as possible and to increase the amount we were able to distribute, Feeding America West Michigan developed the Mobile Food Pantry model in 1998.
Mobile Pantries are like farmers’ markets on wheels, delivering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and baked goods to people in need, often on the same day the food is donated. Hosted by churches, schools, and community centers, a Mobile Pantry can feed between 100 and 300 households. Today, Mobile Pantries account for roughly 40% of the food we distribute annually, and the model has been adopted by food banks across the country.
Read about Owen Ronning, a second-grader who raised money to bring a Mobile Pantry to his neighborhood.