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. They usually have a schedule and visit a community once a week or once a month.
You can pick up pre-packed grocery boxes full of healthy foods or shop farmers' market-style and choose what you want. They usually have meat, fruits and veggies, dairy, bread, and ingredients for easy meals. Some may also have personal care items like laundry detergent or soap.
Mobile pantries usually visit churches, community centers, schools, shopping centers, and other convenient locations. They usually go to areas without grocery stores or other food pantries.
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.
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 I qualify?
You don't need to apply for or sign up. Anyone who needs help with groceries can visit.
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 there other ways to get free groceries and food?
Our network of food banks and meal programs has many ways to help you and your family put food on the table.