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Our meal recipients don’t have the option of walking to a grocery store or a food pantry when their cupboards are bare – they are simply too old and frail. Almost all of our meal recipients use assistive devices for walking, and some use more than one. Many of them can hardly walk at all.
This is why Citymeals launched the Mobile Food Pantry in 2011 to provide supplementary meals for those most at risk for malnourishment. Each month we deliver staples like stews, soups, brown rice, whole-grain breakfast cereal and canned fruit and vegetables to recipients living in the South Bronx, neighborhoods with the city’s highest levels of food insecurity.
Last year we delivered 46,567 Mobile Food Pantry meals – more then double the previous year – to supplement our regular deliveries.
In 2013, Citymeals Board Member Danielle Smith (then the Citymeals Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair) conceived Pack the Pantry – an annual event introducing kids to community service. Each year since then, dozens of local schoolchildren and their families have filled grocery bags with shelf-stable foods for delivery through the Mobile Food Pantry.