In most of the 18 counties Second Harvest serves, non-profit organizations like church pantries, community kitchens, shelters, senior centers etc. partner with the food bank in a combined effort to serve the hungry. However, in some areas of East Tennessee, there simple are no local food pantries or shelters for Second Harvest to partner with. In these undeserved areas, Second Harvest reaches out directly to the hungry through the Mobile Pantry program.
The goal of the program is to reach the hungry in their own community, even when infrastructure like a pantry or community kitchen is lacking. Mobile Pantries are just that… a Mobile, temporary food Pantry. Second Harvest loads a half or full tractor trailer full of 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.
If you represent a non-profit interested in placing an order for a Mobile Pantry, please contact Zane Graves, Operations Director about scheduling. Mobile Pantry Application 2013. 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. Product availability varies depending on donations received and procurement activities.
The full expense of a Mobile Pantry for Second Harvest is roughly $2,800 per delivery. A non-profit organization in a Rural area may request a Mobile Pantry delivery from Second Harvest for $1,000 full-load, or $500 half-load.