Food Bank for the Heartland announced Friday that it is “committed to helping those experiencing hardship” during the recent flooding. As such, the organization will partner with the Council Bluffs Community School District to host a free mobile food pantry from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at Wilson Middle School, 715 N. 21st St.
“Food Bank for the Heartland has already helped provide nearly 400,000 disaster relief meals,” Brian Barks, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland, said in a statement. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from individuals, organizations and companies locally and across the county. The Food Bank has been part of this community for 38 years, and we will continue to distribute emergency and supplemental food to our neighbors in need throughout the Heartland.”
Approximately 8,000 pounds of food will be available for distribution at Monday’s event. Items will include pasta, tomato sauce, rice, canned water, and other shelf-stable products along with perishable items, such as fresh apples, onions, milk and assorted bakery items. Disaster pantry packs will also be offered. They are 15-pound prepacked boxes filled with various nonperishable items.
Those attending the mobile pantry are asked to bring boxes or bags to assist in carrying the food they receive. Volunteers will be available to help recipients. No identification is required to obtain food.
Food Bank for the Heartland’s Mobile Pantry program delivers food directly to communities that have a high need but limited food resources. In fiscal year 2018, nearly 400 mobile pantries were held across the Food Bank’s 93-county service area helping approximately 47,400 food-insecure households.
The list of other Food Bank supported mobile pantries is updated each month on the organization’s web site. June’s mobile pantry list may be found online at foodbankheartland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/June_Mobiles.pdf.