Second Harvest rolls out Mobile Pantry for those needing food assistance

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 12:21pm
Staff reports

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and UnitedHealthcare will kick off a Mobile Pantry partnership Friday aimed at delivering food to Second Harvest partner agencies across Tennessee.

The Mobile Pantry partnership will kick off Friday, June 22, at 7 a.m. at Una Church of Christ. People needing food assistance are invited to attend and receive a box of food, including perishable and nonperishable food items, fresh produce, personal care items and household cleaning products.

The one-day, large-scale food distribution on average feeds 200-250 families and supplies around 15,000 pounds of food per distribution day. The Mobile Pantry can benefit small food pantries and help centers that do not have a lot of storage space.

This program is one way for Second Harvest to provide food assistance to rural communities and is available to all 46 counties in Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s service area.

UnitedHealthcare has donated $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help feed hungry children, families and seniors by funding 40 Mobile Pantry deliveries throughout Middle and West Tennessee. Each Mobile Pantry will be coordinated with a local community organization, such as a church, senior center or help center.

UnitedHealthcare volunteers will work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee staff and country music duo Steel Magnolia to help sort, package and distribute the food.

For more information about food insecurity rates and hunger relief programs, visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.