Many people experiencing hunger live in food deserts, where the nearest grocery store is not easily accessible. These folks often have transportation challenges, as well. So Second Harvest meets people where they are.
Second Harvest distributes food directly to individuals and families in need during large-scale one-day distributions set up similar to a farmers’ market. A typical mobile pantry provides one to two weeks of groceries to approximately 250 families, distributing more than 24,000 pounds of food. Each Mobile Pantry is coordinated with a partner agency, such as a church, senior center or help center.
This program is one of the most effective ways for Second Harvest to provide food assistance to our rural communities. During FY20, more than 6.6 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food was provided through Mobile Pantries.
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