Mobile Food Pantry

The Second Harvest Foodbank’s mobile food pantry will come to 212 Main Street in Gays Mills on Wednesday, December 28th.  Registration will start at 1:30 p.m. Food distribution will be from 2 to 3 p.m.  People who might suffer from standing outside in the cold are encouraged to arrive shortly after 2:15 so that they won’t have to wait in a long line.  

New volunteers are always welcome.  They should arrive at 212 Main Street around 1 p.m.  Volunteers help with setting up chairs, bringing food into the building, bagging food as needed, unwrapping pallets, distributing food, helping patrons move food to their vehicles, and returning shopping carts to the building.

People picking up an allotment for themselves and for someone else must bring a written note indicating that they have been asked to pick up the second allotment.

Each month the mobile food pantry provides roughly sixty pounds of food to households that self-identify as needing food assistance.  Patrons do not need to meet income guidelines; but, for research purposes, food recipients will be asked if their household income falls above or below 185% of the federal poverty line.  Patrons must provide the check-in volunteer with the number of people (including children and senior citizens) in the household and the name of their post office.  First time patrons will be asked how they learned about the mobile food pantry. 

People should bring sturdy bags, boxes, or baskets to hold the food they receive.  Those needing a box from Second Harvest should wait until they are at the front of the line to request one. Volunteers will assist by carrying food to vehicles as needed. 

In November the mobile pantry provided food to 172 households from twenty communities in four counties.  Ninety-six children and 140 seniors were among those who received food allotments.  Nineteen patrons attended the pantry for the first time.

Call Lorraine Fortney (608-735-4690 or Cindy Kohles (608-872-2184) if you have questions.