Mobile pantries bring free food and groceries to your community. Unlike traditional food pantries where you go to them, mobile pantry trucks go to you. Mobile pantries usually have a schedule and visit a community once a week or once a month.
Depending on the mobile pantry, you can pick up pre-packed grocery boxes full of healthy foods or shop farmers market-style and choose what you want. Mobile pantries usually have meat, fruits and veggies, dairy, bread, and ingredients for easy meals. Some mobile pantries may also have personal care items like laundry detergent or soap.
How do I find a mobile pantry?
Search by zip code to find your nearest food bank. Food banks help to run mobile pantries across the country. Even if the food bank looks far from your home, they probably know the pantry closer to you.
Find Your Local Food Bank
Mobile pantries usually visit churches, community centers, schools, shopping centers, and other convenient locations. They usually go to areas where there aren't grocery stores or other food pantries.
Food banks sometimes have an online mobile pantry schedule. There may be last-minute cancellations or changes so recheck the schedule before you plan to go.
How do you qualify for a mobile pantry?
You don't need to apply for or sign up for a mobile pantry. Anyone who needs help with groceries can visit a mobile pantry.
Staff may ask where you live or how many people are in your family. Knowing more about your family helps make sure you get enough food. The food bank may also have other programs you can join. When you check-in, you may need to show your ID or something with your address.
Are mobile pantries still running during the pandemic?
Mobile pantries are a safe way to get help during the pandemic. There may be new mobile pantries in your area during the pandemic.
You may need to wear a mask and stand in socially distanced lines while at the mobile pantry. Some pantries ask you to stay in your car and they place a pre-packed box of food in your trunk.
Looking for other ways to get free groceries and food?
Our network of 200 food banks has many ways to help you and your family put food on the table.