We proudly fill the pantries of more than 50 partner agencies in Montgomery County with both grocery product and non-food items. Partner Pantries are two thirds of our distribution and this allows us to support homeless families and teens, youth aged out of foster care, emergency shelter for teens, low income after school care snacks, treatment centers, battered women’s shelter, Harvey victims, and a pending partnership assisting young trafficking victims.
We are where our clients are. Mobile Markets provide our clients with groceries at pop-up onsite events reaching up to 150-200 families in rural food desert areas and after work hours. Boxes of fresh meat, produce, and dry goods are given onsite.
Within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. With that comes more seniors facing hunger. In response, we deliver fresh nutritious groceries directly to seniors at nine different locations in Montgomery County, most being senior low-income apartment complexes. Also, we reach homebound seniors with grocery bag of non-perishable goods delivered weekly through a partnership with Meals on Wheels.
Did you know that one in four children are food insecure in Montgomery County? We work with our community school districts to provide nutritious kid-friendly food during weekend for children who are at-risk of hunger via school pantries and our Backpack Buddy program.
We want our clients to know how to prepare our food into healthy options for their tables. Classes in nutrition are offered to low-income adults and children at locations throughout our service area. Courses cover a variety of topics, including the basics of good nutrition, how to shop for groceries on a budget, and how to prepare fresh produce and other healthy foods as economically as possible. Courses can be offered as one-time events or as a series, which can offer rewards to participants for completing all classes.
We are working to increase our produce distribution in the Produce Rescue Center, but we can’t do it without you! As with most of our efforts, we rely heavily on the help of our volunteers.