The Mobile Pantry Outreach Program directly serves clients in areas where food is needed in an effort to supplement other hunger relief agencies in that area. The Mobile Pantry truck travels around north central Indiana providing nutritious perishable and non-perishable food. The truck provides at least 5,000 lbs. of food at any given location, which is enough for 140 families to receive 30-40 lbs. of food. Each truckload usually includes a variety of products such as frozen meat, canned goods, produce, baked goods, and laundry soap.
The Mobile Pantry Program began in 2010 with just a few distributions. Immediately, we saw the critical need for the Mobile Pantry and the community quickly embraced the program. In 2011, Food Finders was one of 10 food banks in the country to receive a new Mobile Pantry truck through a grant from Kraft Foods and Feeding America. The truck has greatly expanded the possibilities for Food Finders. Currently, the truck distributes food almost daily around Food Finders’ 16-county service area. This program has especially helped areas that have little to no resources.
How Can You Help? Become a Mobile Pantry sponsor. Support Mobile Pantry produce distribution with your garden or farm plot extra. Email our Distribution Manager or call 765-471-0062 for more details.
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By the end of 2013, Food Finders had distributed over 1.4 million lbs. of food to over 124,000 individuals.
The Mobile Pantry Program helps reduce food spoilage and waste by directly distributing items to the clients. Food Finders can quickly distribute highly perishable items such as produce, baked goods and refrigerated items.
The Mobile Pantry Program helped increase produce distribution by more than 30%.
Check out these great recipes from our friend Cathy Collins on her blog “Cathy Cooks”! Cathy posts excellent ideas for how to use up the all of the food available at our Mobile Pantry and at our Partner Agencies.
Food Finders distributes fresh produce and other food staples weekly at the following locations when resources are available. Call Food Finders to confirm dates for distribution. Severe weather often results in cancellation due to safety issues, Food Finders will cancel as needed.
Tuesdays:Tzion Tabernacle at 1pm 614 West Monroe Street, Kokomo Hanna Center at 11am 1201 N. 18th Street, Lafayette (2nd and 4th Tuesdays) Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds at 5pm
Thursdays:NEW LOCATION IN HOWARD COUNTY:
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Mexico Baptist Church - Miami Co.11:00 am - 1:00 pm 4088 North Carrol Street, Mexico, IN 46958Event Type:Mobile Pantry
All Saints Parking Lot- Cass County11:00 am - 1:00 pm 112 E. Market St. Logansport, IN 46947Event Type:Mobile Pantry