Calling Logan County one of its most underserved areas, Give and Take Director Bill Carpenter scheduled the Second Harvest Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry to make a stop in Bellefontaine Monday.
Carpenter said that the Mobile Food Pantry will have its awnings out and be open for business at 5 p.m. Monday. The Pantry will set up in the municipal parking lot directly across from the Bellefontaine Post Office in the 100 block of south Detroit St, the same lot used by the Famer's Market on Saturdays.
Springfield-based Give and Take is one of Second Harvest Food Bank's satellite outreach programs which serves Logan, Champaign and Clark Counties. The Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry truck was donated by Kraft Foods and Kroger. Both Kraft and Kroger pitch in to keep its shelves filled, as does Wal-Mart and other companies, along with private donations.
Carpenter is hoping for a big turn out, telling his employees to “pack the truck” with six-to-eight thousand pounds of food, including meat, produce and some non-perishable items, depending what is what on hand at the Second Harvest warehouse. His said his goal to reach out to 250 to 300 families, and wants to attract households that, despite having working members, are having trouble making ends meet.
“Sixty-seven percent of the families we serve are, in fact, working families,” Carpenter said.
Bill Carpenter talks about the Mobile Food Pantry
Underemployment, he went on, rather than unemployment is the big factor in why working families are struggling.
“Families are trying to live on new budget spectrums that really make it a challenge,” he continued, “so we’re seeing people coming to us, looking for help, who’ve never asked for help before.”
For more information about Second Harvest, visit www.springfieldshfb.org or like them on Facebook at Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties.