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Our Mobile Food Pantry trucks are sent to low-income neighborhoods in rurual counties to distribute food directly to people in need where human service agencies are too small to accomodate large quantities of food or where no agencies exist.
While hunger exists in both urban and rural areas, rural residents are particularly disadvantaged. Many rural communities can be described as “food deserts” where residents must drive more than 10 miles to the nearest supermarket or food pantry. Rural communities also tend to have a large population of seniors who are more likely than their urban counterparts to live in poverty and require greater accessto services.
A Mobile Food Pantry can transport up to 16,000 pounds of food. A typical mobile pantry distributionlasts two hours and provides 100 to 150 families with nutritious food to help them make ends meet, as well as access to information about nutrition, food stamps, social and other services in the area.
Care and Share currently has Mobile Food Pantries located in Cheyenne, Crowley, Eastern El Paso, Fremont, Gunnison, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, and Pueblo counties.
For more information about mobile food pantries, please contact Jennifer Mariano, Programs Director at email@example.com or by calling 719-434-4676.
Communities that are considered to qualify for a Mobile Food Pantry would have the following needs:
1. Be a county called out by the Feeding America where Care and Share is not getting the minimum of 35 pounds of food per person in the poverty during the year out.
2. The community lacks the physical space to store and distribute products.
3. Special circumstances needs are present, ie. summer feeding issues, businesses closing, etc.
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