Mobile Pantry

Nonprofit organizations like food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and senior centers partner with Second Harvest, as partner agencies, in a combined effort to serve those that are in need of food; however, in some areas of East Tennessee, there simply are no food pantries or community kitchens for Second Harvest to partner with.

The program’s goal is to reach the hungry in their own community, even when infrastructure, like a pantry or community kitchen, is lacking. Mobile Pantries are a mobile, temporary food pantry. Second Harvest loads a tractor-trailer with food and delivers it to a location in the desired area that can accommodate distribution, like a shopping center or church parking lot. Volunteers from local or sponsoring organizations unload the trailer and repackage the food. The food is then distributed directly to the public, usually on the following day. Through Mobile Pantry, over 2.3 million pounds are distributed each year.

If you would like to be a partner agency of Second Harvest and are interested in scheduling a Mobile Pantry, please fill out Mobile Pantry Application 2017 and contact Collette Jordan at collette@secondharvestet.org.

The type of product delivered on a Mobile Pantry is made up from a mixture of product on-hand at Second Harvest the week of the Mobile Pantry delivery. The full expense of a Mobile Pantry for Second Harvest is dependent based on what food is in the truck. Product availability varies depending on donations received and procurement activities.  A half-load truck is 7,000-9,000 pounds of food. A full-load truck is on average 18,000 pounds. Corporate sponsorship of Mobile Pantry is available. If interested, contact Rachael Ellis at rachael@secondharvestetn.org

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