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What is a Mobile Food Pantry?
The Mobile Food Pantry is a truck used to deliver fresh produce, dairy products, and other food and grocery products directly to distribution sites where people need food. When the truck arrives at a site, volunteers place the food on tables surrounding the truck. The clients are then able to "shop", choosing items that they need.
Each truck can transport up to 15,000 pounds of food. A typical mobile pantry visit lasts two hours and provides 200 to 250 families with nutritious food to help them make ends meet. The Food Bank partners with local sponsor organizations who provide volunteers to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to a pre-designated site. By sponsoring a mobile pantry distribution, an organization, church or business can directly help their neighbors in need.
MFP Champions - 10 year anniversary
2017 marked the 10 year anniversary of the Mobile Food Pantry! We celebrate 10 key individuals who helped build the program and make it what it is today. These Champions, along with countless volunteers, school officials, coordinators, and donors, work tirelessly each day to tackle the issue of childhood hunger in the Southern Tier. Click here to learn about each champion.
Why a Mobile Food Pantry?
The area served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier spans six counties and nearly 4,000 square miles. Despite serving over 160 hunger-relief member agencies, there remain areas with high levels of need. Even in areas where agencies provide assistance, clients may not always have access to food because agencies are only open certain hours or days per week. In outlying areas, many people do not have cars and there is no public transportation. It’s nearly impossible for them to get to a pantry miles away. They are also not able to incorporate enough fruits and vegetables into their diet because of accessibility and cost.
388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903
Toll Free: 800-794-4088
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)