This past week, the Crisis Center of Johnson County announced its new mobile food pantry program, in hopes to combat hunger in the community. Once a month, the mobile pantry will take food to three sites in the community that are considered to be “food deserts,” an area in which it is hard to buy fresh, quality food. These sites include, Forest View Mobile Home Park, Coles Mobile Home Park and Breckenridge Estates. People who live in food deserts need hunger relief but often have a hard time getting to their local food pantry.
After concerns about people not being able to get to the food bank arose from the community of Johnson County, the mobile food pantry was launched in hopes to bring the food to those in need. The goal of the program is to make it easier on residents and families in the community to have access to fresh, high quality food.
The mobile pantry will stay for about three hours at each site and people in the community can then come and pick up food for themselves and their families. The van will be set up grocery style, where residents can shop for the items they need. According to The Crisis Center of Johnson County, the mobile pantry will serve an estimated 300 families each month.
The Crisis Center is in need of volunteers to help transport food from the center to the mobile pantry locations. Volunteers are also needed to help people sign up for services and to collect data. The mobile food pantry would not be able to run successfully without the help of volunteers.
The Crisis Center hopes this new program will become a great success and is looking to expand to other cities in the near future.
For more information about the Crisis Center of Johnson County, their new program, and how to volunteer, visit http://www.jccrisiscenter.org