(CLARKSDALE, Mo.) The Second Harvest Food Pantry distributed approximately 4,000 pounds of food to people in Dekalb County Wednesday morning.
The Fresh Mobile Pantry stopped in Clarksdale, Missouri, from 10am to noon; passing out fresh fruit, vegetables and frozen turkey to residents free of charge.
Second Harvest Communications Coordinator Blake Haynes said the mobile pantry is focused on serving rural areas with high levels of food insecurity.
“The national average when it comes to what a household earns verses what it costs to feed a family of four the national average is 21.8 percent whereas Dekalb County is 25.8 percent. So it’s a full four percent higher [cost] to feed a family of four,” Haynes said.
The mobile pantry program currently services 19 counties throughout Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas.
“It’s been amazing just to see the families come in and light up, knowing that they are going to have a meal when they get home and not have to worry about that. Over 50 percent of [people in] our service area, have to worry about paying bills verses feeding their families,” Haynes said.
The Fresh Mobile Pantry is a collaborative effort between the Second Harvest Food Bank and Mosaic Life Care. Second Harvest said they plan to expand their services by adding nine more Fresh Mobile Pantry distribution sites by May to meet the growing needs of the community.
“As of last year, we divvied out right under 180,000 pounds of food. The effect is there and that is only with nine [mobile pantries], so we expect that to vastly grow because we are adding on the seven extra Fresh Mobile Pantries this year,” Haynes said.
To make a donation to the Second Harvest logon to https://www.ourcommunityfoodbank.org/, or contact Blake Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.