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 to each location, which is enough for 140 families to receive 30-40 pounds of food. Each truckload typically 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, the food bank realized the critical need for the program and the communities quickly embraced it. In 2011, Food Finders was selected as one of 10 food banks across the country to receive a new mobile pantry truck through a grant from Kraft Foods and Feeding America. Having a dedicated truck for the program 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 2014, Food Finders had distributed over 1.6 million pounds of food to nearly 107,000 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 percent.
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 at 1 p.m.: Zion Church – 614 W. Monroe St., Kokomo, IN 46901
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds – 1010 Teal Rd., Lafayette, IN 47905
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