Hit the Road with the San Antonio Food Bank Mobile Pantry
It’s early in the morning and Josh Maratea, San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) Mobile Pantry Coordinator, arrives at the SAFB Warehouse to begin loading fresh and perishable products into the mobile pantry truck for distribution. The Mobile Pantry is a specially designed refrigerated truck that delivers fresh and perishable product to residents of geographically isolated, low-income neighborhoods who do not have consistent access to nutritious food.
On this day, the SAFB Mobile Pantry will go out to the Salvation Army for a food distribution. The SAFB partners with non-profit agencies that serve areas where a need for fresh food has been determined. The agencies are able to pre-screen potential participants for eligibility so that the SAFB can provide services.
The distribution events rely on volunteers to help ensure things runs smoothly. The Salvation Army has volunteers who are ready to work when the SAFB Mobile Pantry arrives. Josh provides an overview of how the distribution will operate and the volunteers get to work pulling product from the truck and assisting in dispensing it to over 150 qualified families and individuals. Each family is expected to leave with up to 80 pounds of groceries from the Mobile Pantry distribution. Partnering with agencies throughout 16 counties helps reach those who need food assistance the most.
For more information about the Mobile Pantry, to schedule an event or to volunteer, visit our website.
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