Mobile Food Pantries to Help Feed Hungry Across America
The country’s largest organization dedicated to hunger relief, Feeding America, will soon be driving out their new mobile food pantry fleet and increasing their support of other hunger relief efforts. The mobile fleet is being developed with the help of a $5 million donation made by the Idol Gives Back Foundation. The ten food trucks will be given to food banks around the nation to help deliver fresh supplies to families facing hunger in both rural and urban areas where it is difficult to find affordable and nutritious food. Feeding America plans to give out at least 8 million pounds of food support each year through the trucks.
The organization currently serves over 37 million hungry adults and children through their food banks. The Idol Gives Back Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Idol television show produced by Fox Broadcasting. It was formed to help improve the lives of struggling Americans by donating part of the profits brought in by the airing of the show back to communities. The foundation also uses the nationally televised American Idol program to help raise awareness for issues like hunger in America.
The food trucks will be delivered to food banks that can use them for the most impact in their community. This includes areas like Los Angeles, California; Erie, Pennsylvania; Columbia, South Carolina; and Gray, Tennessee. Donated funds also helped 10 of those food banks hire new staff that will focus solely on sourcing food donations from local restaurants and stores. They’ll also help the banks increase donations from existing partners so that no one in need of food will go away hungry from a food bank. Based on their research, Feeding America believes that they could collect at least 275 million pounds of nutritious food that is otherwise going to waste.