There are isolated neighborhoods in our community with families in need of food assistance, but they have limited access to the food they need.
Dare to Care began the Mobile Pantry program in 2007, to ensure families can access food regardless of where they live. With this program, Dare to Care brings food directly to a neighborhood and sets up a temporary pantry on a consistent, scheduled basis.
Today, Dare to Care operates over 30 Mobile Pantries each month. These pantries provide nearly 275,000 pounds of nutritious food to our neighbors in need each year.
When selecting sites in the community to operate a Mobile Pantry, Dare to Care looks for areas with the following characteristics:
- Located in an area of need
- Within walking distance or easy public access for families in need
- Located in an area with limited access to nutritious food, such as fresh produce
We often partner with a church, business or community group to provide consistent, caring volunteers for Mobile Pantries.
Once a Mobile Pantry is operating, Dare to Care:
- Delivers food on a consistent, scheduled basis
- Supports the site by providing volunteers, if needed
- Supports the program by purchasing necessary products, if not donated to the food bank
- Distributes non-food items such as paper towels and toilet paper as available
An example of a typical offering at a Mobile Pantry includes: fresh produce, cereal, frozen meat, or household goods, such as toilet paper.
To locate a Mobile Pantry in your area, please search our map or download the monthly Mobile Pantry schedule. Please note that beginning April 2017, the map will be the only source of this information.
Pantry ending times will vary due to food availability. Please note the start time and be present accordingly. A mobile pantry may be canceled due to holidays, scheduling conflicts, weather conditions too dangerous for the public, ice, lightning or wind chill temperatures below 20F. Please call 502.966.3821 to verify any recent modifications to the schedule.