Mobile Food Bank
Trinity hosts the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Food Bank in the parking lot on the first and third Wednesday of every month rain or shine, cold or hot. We are grateful for our dedicated group of volunteers who faithfully distribute the food. These folks come early to set up and stay late to clean up. Without them, there we would not be able to provide this service to the community.
This program reaches underserved populations throughout western Massachusetts including families, children, and seniors who don’t have ready access to healthy foods. There are no eligibility requirements. Anyone in need of food can show up at any of the distribution locations. They should bring bags or boxes for taking the food home. The available food changes according to the season and the surplus food that is available on a given week. There is always some type of produce. In addition, there may be juice, canned goods, yogurt, or even meat.
The Trinity distribution site is very popular. The number of persons served continues to increase with each visit. As an example of the impact this program has on our neighborhood, here are some statistics from the February 5 visit of the Mobile Food Bank. These numbers are representative for an average visit and demonstrate the amount of food insecurity in our neighborhood and the tremendous need for this ministry.
Trinity has worked out a plan to continue hosting the Mobile Food Bank on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays during the pandemic. Additional volunteers have been added to pack food and deliver it to the recipients who remain in their cars. Looking at the numbers from the latest distribution, it's readily apparent that this is a much needed service to our community.
DISTRIBUTION DATA for June 17
Total Individuals THIS Distribution 607
Total Individuals for whom this is the SECOND Visit this month: 424
Total New Individuals 127
Total Adults 305
Total Children 208
New Children 50
New Adults 59
Total Seniors 94
New Seniors 18
Pounds of food distributed 4607
Pounds Per Person 8
Pounds Per Household 28
Total Households This Distribution 165
Households with Children 96
New Households 32
New Households with Children 21
Percentage of Households with Kids 58%
Average Household Size 3.7
This is a wonderful way for us to help our neighbors in need and to be in ministry to the city.
These pictures are a combination of past food banks and a recent one showing the new protocols adopted during the pandemic. Clients remain in their cars and bags of food are delivered to them.