MOBILE FOOD PANTRIES
Helping Partner Charities
One way TAFB can help our partner agencies to distribute more fresh and frozen product more efficiently is to operate various styles of pantries on wheels, including Mobile Pantries, Pantry Express, Senior Share and Meals for Minds.
The Mobile Pantry currently travels once a month to eight locations in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst and White Settlement.
»Download the Mobile Pantry Schedule
Like a market on wheels, Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program is a traveling pantry that delivers food, including fresh produce and nutritious refrigerated items, directly to communities with high need. A minimum of 10,000 pounds of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank’s warehouse is delivered to a Partner Agency host site to feed 300-700 families. The food is distributed directly to clients in an outdoor setting, like a farmer’s market, or in a large space, such as gymnasium or community center.
Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Pantry Express Program (PEP) is a small-scale mobile distribution that delivers food, including fresh produce and nutritious refrigerated items, to partner agencies to increase their capacity in order to better serve their community.
A minimum of 1,500 pounds of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank’s warehouse is loaded onto an 18-wheel truck and delivered to a host agencies to feed 150-350 families per site. Agency volunteers unload, set up and distribute food directly to clients, farmer’s market style.
The Pantry Express currently delivers to agencies in these counties: Tarrant, Bosque, Hood, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, and Wise.
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In cooperation with selected Senior Citizen Centers, Senior Share delivers fresh and frozen products and provides information sessions on senior citizens nutritional needs and health issues once a month. The mission of the Senior Share Program is to meet the needs of seniors at risk of hunger by providing them with nutritious food that they can prepare and consume at home while educating them on various topics that are relevant to their prolonged health and sustainability. Clients must be 60 years or older and live within the zip codes the Senior Centers service in order to participate in the program.
The Senior Share program operates at Como, Diamond Hill, and Fellowship Corner Senior Centers.
Meals for Minds
Meals for Minds is a Target-sponsored school pantry
distribution that takes place on the third Tuesday of each month during the school year at Fort Worth ISD’s M.H. Moore Elementary School. Each student in the school is eligible to participate in the program and receives a minimum of 22 pounds of food each month, 25% of which is fresh produce. This mobile distribution follows the client choice model, where food items are arranged on tables and volunteers help families select and bag the foods they choose.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the first year of the pantry’s operation, approximately 350 students
were served each month.