SA Food Bank rolls out new mobile pantry

Kraft Foods donates truck, $10,000

Published On: Nov 13 2012 03:53:34 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 04:30:59 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The San Antonio Food Bank's crusade to wipe out hunger is taking to the streets with a new Kraft Mobile Pantry Truck.

The new truck made its debut at Kingsborough Middle School on the south side on Tuesday morning.

"It can help families in hard-to-reach neighborhoods ... where there's not a particular food pantry that's not open at the right hours. So we can go into a neighborhood (and) set up, put tables out and help families immediately," said Michael Guerra, chief development officer with the San Antonio Food Bank.

According to the SA Food Bank, more than 15 percent of residents in the community face food insecurity and one in four children are at risk of going hungry.

The mobile pantry will help bring food directly to where it's needed most.

Food recipient Belinda Thorp said the service is a big help, especially with the rising cost of groceries.

"The food is very expensive and this helps me a lot," she said. "It does help people struggling."

The truck was donated by Kraft Foods, along with a $10,000 donation to help stock it.

Distribution is set up farmers' market-style, stocked with fresh fruits, veggies, milk and meat.

Each family is given 55 pounds of food to take home -- and there is enough to feed 200 families.

Organizers said it is all distributed within a few hours.

Laura Paloma, a food recipient, said it was her first time to receive help from the food bank. She said she has seven people in her household and groceries can easily cost $200 a week.

"Now that Thanksgiving is coming around, it does help a lot ... and we're really thankful for the Food Bank to help us," she said.

The holidays are an especially critical time for donations at the San Antonio Area Food Bank.

For information on how to make a donation or if you're need help, visit safoodbank.org