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.
Total Individuals THIS Distribution 856
Total New Individuals 82
Total Adults 387
Total Children 360
New Children 33
New Adults 44
Total Seniors 109
New Seniors 5
Pounds of food distributed 7074
Pounds Per Person 8
Pounds Per Household 31
Total Households This Distribution 227
Households with Children 146
New Households 24
New Households with Children 15
Percentage of Households with Kids 64%
Average Household Size 3.8
This is a wonderful way for us to help our neighbors in need and to be in ministry to the city.
These pictures are from a recent visit from the Mobile Food Bank and show some of the dedicated volunteers who make this wonderful mission project happen.