This morning (May 3rd, 2013) CEO Carl Haley, VP of Sales Jon Pirtle, VP of Finance Terrie Lane and Director of Marketing Samantha Spector headed out to a mobile home park to work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at a Mobile Pantry that Grand Avenue sponsored. As volunteers gathered, each remarked to each other at how fortunate we were for sunshine a it is supposed to rain throughout the weekend. People from all walks of life pitched in to bag, carry, unload and sort over 20,000 pounds of food that went to nearly 300 families from the area.
- 1 in 4 children in Middle Tennessee do not know where their next meal will come from
- 1 in 6 Americans are effected by hunger
- The Mobile Pantry is modeled after the first food bank that was established in Phoenix in the mid-70s
- Mobile Pantries of Middle TN service 46 counties
- Through programs like Mobile Pantry, Second Harvest and their affiliates can feed 1 million more people per week
- More than one-third of households report having to choose between buying food and other basic necessities such as rent, utilities and medical care
Mobile Pantry Program began in August 2003 to supplement the work of other food pantries and shelters that worked to feed the under privileged residents in the area. The Pantry almost works as a grocery store. Volunteers arrive about two hours before the pantry “opens” in order to sort, bag, open and set up over 20,000 pounds of food. Participants show up at a planned time and utilize shopping carts as they walk down the “aisle,” collecting perishable and non-perishable food along the way. Food is handed out depending on how many people reside in the home with the person that has come to “shop.” Each participant is then helped to their car or home by a volunteer.
The Mobile Pantry Program accounts for one-third of all food that is distributed throughout the year by Second Harvest. The Grand Avenue sponsored pantry was the first of its’ kind in this particular area and both volunteers and participants were enthusiastic as the morning came to a close.
Sometimes it is amazing to see what a smile, a friendly wave and a moment of your day can help another person out.