Mobile Pantries are large-scale, one-day distributions in which food items are delivered by Second Harvest to a designated location for immediate distribution to those in need by a Partner Agency. Many Partner Agencies do not have the physical space appropriate for handling large amounts of food or may not be located in a neighborhood easily accessible by those in need. With a Mobile Pantry, food is brought to underserved communities without these barriers and as many as 250-300 households are provided with several days worth of food within a 2-4 hour period of time.

Each Mobile Pantry’s contents are determined by Second Harvest and may include canned goods, produce, dairy products, juice and bakery goods. Each food distribution will contain roughly 15,000 – 19,000 pounds of food.


Mobile Pantry distributions are held on Friday and Saturday and are often scheduled months in advance, on a first-come first-served basis. While Second Harvest is sometimes able to off-set the food and/or transportation cost of a Mobile Pantry with grant funding, Partner Agencies may pay for the entire distribution themselves. Food and transportation costs for a regular Mobile Pantry are $2,500 minimum.  These distributions also provide the opportunity for Partner Agencies to work with local businesses, organizations, clubs and schools to fund and implement the distribution.

Partner Agency responsibilities include selecting a distribution date, providing an appropriate location, volunteer recruitment to implement the distribution, outreach to inform clients, set-up of the food distribution on-site, clean-up of site and prompt feedback on the number of households/individuals served. If you are interested in hosting a Mobile Pantry, please contact your Agency Relations Manager!






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