Kraft, Weld Food Bank Rolls Out Mobile Food Pantry
There are few things that make me more sad than knowing that there are kids out there who starve. It really makes you think about dad’s old saying “eat all your dinner, there are people starving”. It’s true, but we can help. A new way to help fight hunger is with the new Kraft, Weld Food Bank Mobile Pantry truck.
. The refrigerated vehicle will hit the road to bring a “farmers’- market-on-wheels” to underserved communities, expanding the reach of the food bank and delivering fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious staples.
This truck is part of a nationwide fleet being rolled out by Kraft Foods Foundation (now known as Mondelēz International Foundation) and Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, to reach those hardest hit with food insecurity – African-American and Latino populations. According to the USDA, one in four families within these groups is considered food insecure, versus one in six in the general population. And the rate for children at risk for food insecurity within these groups is around one in three. This is the first-of-its kind minority outreach mobile pantry program to deliver food to underserved neighborhoods. The mobile pantry will bring more than 2 million pounds of good nutrition – that’s nearly 1.68 million meals– to the area’s hungry residents each year, at a time when the need has never been greater.
In Weld County, 1 in 6 of our neighbors face food insecurity. That is why it is so important to watch what we waste, ans consider helping the food bank with donations of either food or funds.
Also, the next time you are at the store try to buy more Kraft food products. The company has partnered with Feeding America for decades to do just that. The mobile pantry program is one of many programs making a difference in communities where the company’s employees live and work.