The Mobile Food Pantry Program is an outreach program designed to bring food directly to neighborhoods where low-income people lack access to food-assistance programs or supplement the efforts of existing food-assistance programs that cannot provide enough food to meet the growing need. Connecticut Food Bank purchased the Mobile Pantry truck with federal stimulus funds through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The truck arrived in September 2010.
The goal of the Mobile Pantry Program is to help address the transportation barriers that make it difficult for low-income people to access the adequate nutrition they need. During a Mobile Pantry Program delivery, the food is given directly to people in need with assistance from partner food-assistance programs and volunteers from the community.
Since the program began in 2010, the Mobile Pantry has distributed more than 1.4 million pounds of dairy products, fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grain goods and other perishable items directly to individuals in need. Currently, Connecticut Food Bank operates 26 mobile pantries, with each site serving an average 120 to 325 households.
Connecticut Food Bank ’s scheduled monthly distributions are in Branford, Bridgeport, Canaan, Danbury, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Portland, Putnam, Ridgefield, Southbury, Torrington, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Willimantic and Winsted. A complete schedule is available by clicking here. We are continuously looking to expand the program. If your organization is interested in hosting a Mobile Pantry site, please contact Huwerl Thornton, Mobile Distribution Coordinator at 203-469-5000, or email. You can read the site recommendations here.
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