Transforming Hunger into Hope
The Mobile Food Pantry delivers groceries directly to communities lacking either a food pantry or emergency food assistance program nearby. Product is served off of a truck to pre-qualified clients in just a couple of hours. These trucks also travel to counties that have an Ozarks Food Harvest-member pantry, but the partner’s physical facility might have limited storage. Another barrier for those in need is transportation. Many families lack the means of traveling to their nearest food pantry.
received meals last year
were delivered in 12 months across southwest Missouri
were traveled across 12 under-served counties
Each outreach provides about 10,000 pounds of food and supplies
Established in 2006, each mobile distribution now serves an average of 160 families, or 450 individuals. And because the trucks — donated by Ridewell Suspensions and area Rotary Clubs — are refrigerated, they can quickly distribute nutritious fresh produce and other perishable products before they go to waste. An outreach is $1,000 as costs associated with each distribution include fuel, vehicle maintenance, insurance, trailer usage, and driver salary and benefits. Food items and supplies distributed are both donated and purchased products.