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April Mobile Food Pantry

The Second Harvest mobile food pantry will distribute food from 212 Main Street in Gays Mills on Wednesday, April 27th from 2-3 pm.  Registration will start at 1:30 pm. The mobile pantry provides households that self-identify as needing food assistance with about 60 pounds of diverse food products on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  A typical food allotment includes some frozen, fresh, canned and specialty products. 

Households do not need to meet income guidelines or provide any form of identification.  They must provide the registration volunteer with the total number of people, including children and seniors, in the household, the name of the post office that delivers mail to the household, and whether the household income is above or below 185% of the federal poverty line.  The latter information is collected so that Second Harvest can determine how many people not eligible to receive food from local food pantries use the mobile food pantry.  Food will be provided to households with income above 185% of the federal poverty line.  

First time clients of the mobile pantry will be asked how they learned of the available services.  This information is used to improve local outreach efforts.  Anyone with ideas on how to inform more potential clients of the pantry’s services should share their thoughts with Cindy or Lorraine. People needing food assistance but unable to come to the pantry because of health reasons or schedule conflicts can have someone else pick up an allotment for them.  Please give your pick-up volunteer a short note including the required registration information for the Second Harvest registration volunteer.

Volunteers make the mobile food pantry happen.  They set up chairs, move food from the delivery truck into the building, bag food as needed, distribute food, push carts to clients’ cars, return carts to the building, and clean the building after the pantry is concluded.  If you would like to volunteer, please arrive at 212 Main Street on pantry dates between 1 and 1:30 pm. 

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Lorraine Fortney (608-735-4690) or Cindy Kohles (608-872-2184). 

Despite dreadful weather, the mobile food pantry provided food to 139 households in March.  Seventy-nine children and 94 seniors were among the food recipients.  Fourteen clients attended for the first time.  Clients came from sixteen communities in three counties.