A Mobile Food Pantry Is Coming To The St. Louis Region To Help Families Who Need Food
The economic downturn during the coronavirus pandemic has caused more people in the St. Louis area to worry about how to afford groceries. Over the past year, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has seen the number of people in need of food aid increase by approximately 40%.
Many of the neediest live in northern St. Louis and northern St. Louis Counties, where access to grocery stores or healthy foods is restricted. To meet the need, the St. Louis Area Foodbank will begin shipping a traveling pantry of fresh groceries to communities in need of it most on Monday.
Food on the Move will use a 28-foot truck to offer free fresh vegetables, canned goods, dairy products and a variety of meats to people who do not have enough to eat.
“If there is no access point nearby, we want to use Food on the Move to bring food to the communities and neighborhoods that may have barriers where they cannot or cannot get into a pantry. ” ”Said Maya Summers, a program manager for the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
The mobile pantry will be equipped with three fridges and a freezer so that people can be served throughout the day.
“The ability to have healthy and nutritious foods will help feed yourself and the entire community,” Summers said.
The food bank received $ 25,000 from Boeing Co. and funding from Feeding America to support the food truck. The food bank will pilot the program in Northern St Louis and Northern St Louis Counties for approximately six months, and then expand it to other communities in Missouri and Illinois that do not have access to nutritious foods. Summer wants three hour-long stops a day for the rolling pantry.
The truck will first stop at Rock Road MetroLink station in Pagedale. It will be there on the third Monday of the month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Every fourth Monday the truck will be in the Rosati Center near the exhibition center. The truck is open to everyone. No ID or proof of residence is required to receive groceries.
The mobile pantry aims to feed people in zip codes with a food insecurity rate greater than 30% and an unemployment rate greater than 15%.
Pine Lawn, Walnut Park East, Old Columbus Square, Old North St. Louis, Wellston, Pagedale, Penrose, and Hanley Hills are some of the areas where there is the greatest need for food. The people in these areas have little access to grocery stores or fresh produce.
Food brand information, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and nutrition guides are available at each distribution stop. Food on the Move also plans to work with other organizations to conduct health exams and nutrition seminars.
“We’re here and want to empower people,” said Meredith Knopp, CEO of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. “We want to empower people. We want to pick them up. “
Community members can find the stops of the mobile mini grocery store here.
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