MOBILE FOOD PANTRIES
Helping Partner Charities
One way TAFB can help our partner agencies to distribute more fresh and frozen product more efficiently is to operate various styles of pantries on wheels, including Mobile Pantries, Pantry Express, Senior Share, School Pantry Express and Meals for Minds.
Mobile Pantries with Partner Agencies
Like a market on wheels, Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program is a traveling pantry that delivers food, including fresh produce and nutritious refrigerated items, directly to communities with high need. A minimum of 10,000 pounds of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank’s warehouse is delivered to a Partner Agency host site to feed 300-700 families. The food is distributed directly to clients in an outdoor setting, like a farmer’s market, or in a large space, such as gymnasium or community center.
The Mobile Pantry currently travels once a month to eight locations in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst and White Settlement. For times and locations of pantries, download the schedule.
Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Pantry Express Program (PEP) is a small scale mobile distribution that delivers food, including fresh produce and nutritious refrigerated items, to partner agencies to increase their capacity in order to better serve their community.
A minimum of 1,500 pounds of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank’s warehouse is loaded onto an 18-wheel truck and delivered to a host agencies to feed 150-350 families per site. Agency volunteers unload, set up and distribute food directly to clients, farmer’s market style.
The Pantry Express currently delivers to agencies in Arlington and Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Granbury in Hood County, Hamilton
and Hico in Hamilton County, Itasca, Hillsboro and Hubbard in Hill County, Grandview and Keene in Johnson County, neighboring Maypearl in Ellis County and Gordon in Palo Pinto County. See the Pantry Express location addresses and schedules.
In cooperation with selected Senior Citizen Centers, Senior Share delivers fresh and frozen products and provides information sessions on senior citizens nutritional needs and health issues once a month. The mission of the Senior Share Program is to meet the needs of seniors at risk of hunger by providing them with nutritious food that they can prepare and consume at home while educating them on various topics that are relevant to their prolonged health and sustainability. Clients must be 60 years or older and live within the zip codes the Senior Centers service in order to participate in the program.
The Senior Share program operates at Como, Diamond Hill, and Fellowship Corner Senior Centers.
School Pantry Express
The School Pantry Express serves low-income families in Bosque County. During the school year, a TAFB truck delivers food, of which at least 80 percent is fresh produce, to 6 schools or other community buildings on the second Wednesday of the month.
School staff and volunteers set the food on tables for students and their parents and community members to take and prepare at home. Participating Independent School Districts (ISDs) during the school year include Clifton, Cranfills Gap, Iredell, Kopperl, Meridian and Walnut Springs.
During the summer of 2014, the School Pantry Express will deliver food to communities in four school districts on the second Wednesday of the month. For times and locations of the Summer 2014 pantry, download the PDF.
Meals for Minds
Meals for Minds is a Target-sponsored school pantry
distribution that takes place on the third Tuesday of each month during the school year at Fort Worth ISD’s M.H. Moore Elementary School. Each student in the school is eligible to participate in the program and receives a minimum of 22 pounds of food each month, 25% of which is fresh produce. This mobile distribution follows the client choice model, where food items are arranged on tables and volunteers help families select and bag the foods they choose.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the first year of the pantry’s operation, approximately 350 students
were served each month.