Any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in our service area can host Mobile Food Pantries. Each distribution takes about two hours from start to finish. Host agencies are responsible for recruiting and supervising volunteers, as well as paying handling fees, which are assessed according to location and quantity of food. Our smallest distributions (5,000 pounds) can provide several days’ worth of food for up to 100 households. Our largest distributions (15,000 pounds) can provide food for up to 300 households.
You’ll need to complete our application questionnaire and then request and fill out a Partner Agency Application. For the distributions themselves, you’ll need to arrange to use a parking lot (setup described in our Mobile Pantry Policies and Procedures Document), which you can probably “borrow” for an afternoon from a church, school, or office park. You’ll also need 8 to 12 folding banquet tables and 12 to 20 volunteers to help unload food, answer questions, direct traffic, and clean up the site afterwards.
To find out when you can observe a Mobile Pantry hosted by another organization, contact Ryan VanMaldegen at 616.389.6360.