Mobile Food Pantry
Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program provides food distribution to under-served areas, where there is little access to food assistance. The partnership between Catholic Charities and the Northern Illinois Food Bank will help hungry families in the Diocese of Joliet, including rural areas, where people in need of food assistance may have to travel many miles to access a food pantry. The Food Bank has two Mobile Pantry trucks that have nine bays, six of which are refrigerated, and can hold up to 9,000 pounds of food. Every distribution includes frozen meat, a valuable source of protein, fresh produce, bread, and nutritious non-perishable items, as well as cleaning items when available. At each visit, about twenty volunteers unload food from the bays and organize them on tables around the truck. Clients from the community sign in and walk around the truck to select food that best meets their family’s nutritional needs. Each Mobile Pantry distribution visit lasts two hours and can provide nutritious food to as many as 300 families.
Sponsors of each Mobile Food Pantry stop pay a fee that is approximately half the cost of the visit and the remainder is subsidized by the Food Bank from donations from corporations and foundations.
The Mobile Pantry program provides a dependable, efficient way to increase protein and other nutritious foods in the diets of low-income people needing food assistance. To sponsor the Mobile Food Pantry or to learn more about it, please call 815-724-1140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.