Food Banks, Pantries Find New Ways to Feed More People

Food trucks are helping with the persistent problem for people without cars or access to public transportation and some providers, like the Vermont Foodbank, are working to get fresh food and perishable products directly to people in schools and low-income and senior housing facilities.

“It’s healthy food, it’s in communities where people are underserved. It’s creating better access. That’s really what our job is as food providers for people in need,” says Judy Stermer, a Foodbank spokeswoman. “If we can create better access to healthy foods and to food that’s affordable, free to people, we’re going to do a better job making sure that people have the food that they need.”

Direct distribution also eliminates the discomfort some people feel, due to social stigma, in going to a food pantry.

The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Vermont discovered that about 19,000 to 20,000 people in the county were eligible for its services, but the Food Shelf was serving only a little more than half of them.

With a food truck, the organization could meet people where they live in a familiar comfortable environment while also overcoming transportation barriers, says Emmet Moseley, who manages the Good Food Truck.

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