Looking for mobile food pantry distribution sites? Click here.
Thanks to our partnership with Connecticut Food Bank and a generous gift from Eversource, we have been the recipients of a custom refrigerated truck to serve as a mobile food pantry. Click here to download a mobile pantry program brochure.
The pantry program visits remote areas of New London County considered "food deserts," where there is no large, retail grocery store or supermarket and/or where transportation options are limited. Residents are therefore forced to walk long distances to buy food or to purchase it at a higher price at small convenience stores. Also, because the truck is refrigerated, it can keep healthy and perishable items safe and fresh until distribution.
Some of the issues around hunger and food insecurity faced by our community, in fact, are addressed through the mobile food pantry program. These challenges are highlighted in Nourishing Change: The New London County Food System Baseline Report, published by United Way in May 2013. The report is the first-ever look at issues of food access, health in the community, and the school and child care environments. Click here to read more about Nourishing Change and download a copy.
The mobile pantry is a critical extension of the work of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. Distribution sites were determined based on where and when people most at-risk for food insecurity can be reached. The pantry is set up similar to a farmers' market and has a "no questions asked" policy. Click here to view a list of current mobile pantry distribution sites and times.
We are always looking for groups of volunteers to both help prepare food at the Food Center prior to distribution and assist with the mobile pantry set up and food distribution. Your company or group might even consider adopting a site and providing volunteers each month.
Many thanks to the following funders for their grant support of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and the Mobile Food Pantry program:
Bank of America, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Groton Bank, Citizens Bank, City of New London, Connecticut Food Bank, Dime Bank, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Jewett City Savings Bank, Liberty Bank Foundation, ShopRite, and the Rotary Club of Mystic.