Mobile Food Bank Adds Afternoon Route

  • Rikki Mioduski
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A year ago, ICS launched a new service to address a barrier limiting access to food assistance. A custom-built refrigerated truck, the Mobile Food Bank, began making weekly stops at five locations around Tucson.

The goal was to serve people living in food deserts or with no means to travel to a traditional food bank. Results were almost immediate. In the first four months, 80% of the clients who used the Mobile Food Bank had never been to a food bank before.

The first year of mobile food distribution has been a tremendous success. Eager to address hunger in more neighborhoods, ICS is working with community partners to add additional locations.

In December 2022, the truck began making bi-weekly stops at YWCA House of Neighborly Service, 243 W. 33rd St. The truck is there every other Thursday from 12:45–1:45 p.m.

Another food distribution site launched on January 6, 2023. On the first Friday of every month the truck will be at Iglesia de Centro Sanidad, 2233 E Summit St, from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

FULL SCHEDULE: icstucson.org/mobile-food-bank