Coming soon to your neighborhood…..
Second Harvest Fresh Mobile Pantry!
In July, Second Harvest Community Food Bank was announced as one of the recipients of the first Mosaic Life Care Community Connections grant funding. According to their website Mosaic Life Care chose 10 recipients to receive $1.2 million in Community Connect funding which is designed to address population health issues in the St. Joseph area.
Second Harvest submitted a proposal for funding of the Second Harvest Fresh Mobile Pantry and received $187,000 toward the project.
The Fresh Mobile Pantry is designed to provide access to fresh food for our Partner Agencies that lack the capacity to store fresh produce and protein. Some agencies in our service territory are only able to offer a food product to individuals three or four times per year due to lack of food product available and/ or infrastructure to stock needed food to distribute more food on a more regular basis. The mobile pantry would encourage distribution more often to locations such as these to provide more access to fresh produce and to serve additional individuals with better nutritional choices.
“A lot of times, these pantries are in borrowed space and have limited refrigeration and freezer capacity. This will be a refrigerated truck and really give us a lot of flexibility,” Executive Director, Chad Higdon said. “We can go to communities and set up in a parking lot or community center and distribute food that way, or work in conjunction with an existing pantry that already has set hours and individuals coming in to access food from their pantry and supplement that with additional fresh protein and produce”
Sincere thanks to Mosaic Life Care for their generous support and commitment to improving the health of our community.