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.