Among all client households served by The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, 71% are food insecure, according to the U.S. government’s official food security scale.
In July 2013, The Food Bank began its pilot program for the Mobile Food Bank – a delivery truck full of fresh and non-perishable groceries from The Food Bank’s warehouse, shipped directly to a community site at a prescheduled time for immediate distribution to residents.
The program reaches the underserved populations throughout Western Massachusetts that don’t otherwise have access to fresh, healthy foods. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and other healthy food providers.
Currently, the Mobile Food Bank serves a total of four community locations in Holyoke, Springfield and Ware. In only the first six months of the program, a total of 127,646 pounds of food were distributed to more than 14,800 people (including 6,372 children).
By the end of 2014, The Food Bank plans to operate a total of 10 Mobile Food Bank locations throughout all four counties of Western Massachusetts in order to provide an additional source of food to families and individuals facing hunger. For more information about how you can host a Mobile Food Bank distribution site, please contact The Food Bank at (413) 247-9738.