The Food Bank of Northern Indiana hit the road today to help feed hungry families in South Bend. This morning the food bank's Mobile Food Pantry rolled into the parking lot of Charles Black Recreation Center located on West Washington Street.
They offered fresh produce and other nutritious items free of charge to anyone with a valid photo I.D. Amanda Peterson, Resource Opportunity Developer says, “A lot of the people don't want to go to the pantries because they ask for a lot of information, so they can come out here and be completely anonymous and get the food that they need.”
The pantries serve as a way to deliver food directly to those in our community who struggle to make ends meet, and who do not always have a car to get the groceries they need. Ernest Jennings, a patron of the Mobile Food Pantry says, “Here, once they have their food they can go home. It's easy to walk a couple of blocks and you don't have to go far. But when you have to carry your food three or four miles, it's a little hard on them, especially senior citizens.”
Next week the Mobile Food Pantry plans to travel to Starke County and distribute groceries.