Food Bank Rolls Out New Mobile Food Pantry
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians in rural areas now have better access to food assistance.
The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri unveiled its new Kraft Foods Mobile Pantry truck Friday. Kraft donated the truck as part of the Feeding America program because of The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri's need to reach food insecure residents in the counties it serves.
In honor of the kickoff the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, Kraft Foods and Schnucks teamed up for a Stuff the Truck food drive at the Schnucks on Forum Boulevard in Columbia from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Friday.
"In central and northeast Missouri, one in six of our neighbors struggle with food insecurity. And just this week Feeding America realeased that the rate is even higher for children," said The Food Bank For Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Peggy Kirkpatrick.
The new Kraft Foods Mobile Pantry is unique in that it will allow rural residents access to frozen, refrigerated and fresh produce that they normally wouldn't have access to.
"The truck will serve as a mobile pantry in pockets of poverty where the community is so small they don't have a spare building to operate what we call a bricks and mortar building," said Kirkpatrick.
It will also serve as a mini-mobile, showing up to small partner pantries on distribution day to provide the fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods.
"We have the need for both the mobile pantries and the mini-mobiles, far beyond our ability to use just one truck. So what this is going to allow us to do is double our efforts and reach more people."
The truck will go out about 20 times a month and deliver about 376,000 meals a year. The truck hits the road next week in Putnam County.