You’re keeping our mobile pantries on the road

Thanks to your support, Second Harvest provides food to hundreds of local community partners like food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and shelters across South Louisiana.

But for the many communities that don’t have access to a traditional food pantry, and often not even a grocery store, making ends meet can be a challenge.

That’s where Second Harvest Mobile Pantries make such a big difference. Six days a week, our staff and volunteers deliver these giant truckloads of fresh food into neighborhoods most in need of help.

Eight-year-old Eviance comes with her family to the mobile pantry at the campus of a New Orleans middle school once a month. “The food is always so good. I really like it when they have bananas.”

Our mobile pantries are open to the public, and serve people of all ages. Seventy-five-year-old Elizabeth Walker also gets help at the same mobile pantry. “I’m 75, and this is a real blessing. My husband is gone, and I only have social security. I retired from home health care ten years ago with lupus, and I hate to ask my children for help with bills.”

These mobile pantries come loaded with fresh produce and non-perishable food items, traveling to dozens of locations across 23 parishes. While they fill a vital need, the cost of operating mobile pantries is considerable.

“In all, our mobile pantries bring more than two million meals to those most in need in our communities,” says Second Harvest Chief Impact Officer Melanie McGuire. “We absolutely could not afford to run this program without our generous donors.”

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