The Senior Mobile Food Pantry delivers food directly to people in need, and enables us to increase the availability of nutritious perishable and non perishable items for people in low income and senior neighborhoods. The pantry is stocked with items such as rice, canned protein, pasta, and breakfast items, as well as fresh vegetables, fruits, bread, meat and poultry.
The service model for the Senior Mobile Food Pantry is simple: Island Harvest schedules regular weekly distributions directly to individual clients who live in low income neighborhoods or senior housing developments. The food is off loaded from the mobile pantry and distributed in pre-sorted packages of food or even set up on large folding tables so that the clients to “shop” for food, choosing items they need.
This program currently visits five senior, low-income housing sites each week. During each pantry visit, the staff arranges for a partner to join the distributions or share education that is provided to the individuals in efforts to link them to available resources.
Island Harvest understands that the root causes of hunger may vary so in addition to food, the mobile food pantry partners with other agencies to bring needed experts help. These Island Harvest and partner specialists will accompany the mobile food pantry and offer benefit information and application assistance, streamlined referrals to community organizations, nutritious cooking demonstrations, healthy living workshops, etc.
Reason for the Senior Mobile Food Pantry
The Senior Mobile Food Pantry is distributing food and linking Seniors to services in the Central Islip, Bayshore, Freeport, Hempstead, and Glen Cove communities monthly. During each visit, the Mobile Food Pantry Coordinator brings a variety of produce and needed non-perishable food products to the designated sites. With the help of volunteers, all of the food is placed on tables and the Seniors are able to choose the foods they need. This model of distribution allows the Seniors to take the food that suits their diets and their desires. In addition to the food, we welcome the Seniors to visit with our Community Service Partners to learn about necessary resources available to them.
Please join us in the fight to end hunger on Long Island. If you are interested in having the Island Harvest Senior Mobile Food Pantry on your site please contact the Joval L. Nance Mobile Food Pantry Coordinator, at (631) 873-4775