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Mobile Food Pantry

The Food Bank’s latest distribution initiative, Mobile Food Pantry (MFP), is an effort to reach communities and individuals in areas of unmet need. MFP is a practical distribution method to work around food access obstacles and food deserts. The Food Bank can set up a distribution virtually anywhere with space to accommodate vehicle parking, tents, and tables – serving food directly to hungry families and individuals in underserved areas. 

Freed from the restrictions of a fixed location, MFP distributions can be held wherever the community need dictates. Outreach is done ahead of time to notify community members of the opportunity and participation has been steady. Initially only operating in Utica, the Mobile Food Pantry program has recently expanded into Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. 

The food included in these mobile distributions is primarily highly desirable perishable goods like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, and bread items.