Sponsored by Duke Energy, Agape Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry program will be distributing 20,000 pounds of food to 400 local families in need on December 17th and 18th.
“Duke Energy is proud to support the efforts of the Agape Food Bank. Our employees live and work locally and understand the value of participating in programs, such as the mobile food pantry, that give back to their local communities,” said Jerry Miller, Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy. “We are very mindful this time of year of the many needs around us and appreciate the many organizations that work every day to meet the needs of those less fortunate.”
Agape’s Mobile Food Pantry program is funded in part by GiveWell Community Foundation and by United Way of Central Florida. Mobile food pantries enable Agape Food Bank to partner with caring members of the community to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dry and canned goods, and other grocery items for free to the hungriest in our community. We distribute at locations across a three-county region in cooperation with other feeding programs and at schools, community centers, churches and in low-income housing neighborhoods.
How Does the Mobile Food Pantry Work?
Agape warehouse staff load refrigerated Mobile Pantry trucks with pallets stacked with food and related products. The food is then delivered to the designated distribution site and staff together with volunteers, unload, sort, and pre-bag portions.
From set-up to clean-up, volunteers will donate four hours of their time to help sort, bag and carry groceries for clients. The set-up is similar to a farmer’s market in that needy families are able to “shop” for food and select the items that best meet their nutritional and personal preferences.
The Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is a food distribution warehouse in Lakeland, Florida serving nearly two hundred non-profit partner agencies in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. It is part of the national Feeding America Food Bank network and is the only designated USDA approved provider serving the tri-county region. Their vision is that 100% of the hungry population in the community has access to an adequate supply of nutritious food. Their mission is to lead the fight to end hunger in the community by providing nutritious food and transforming lives through innovative programming, education, and hunger advocacy.