New Mobile Food Pantry

Feb 27, 2022

Bringing Hope to Wichita’s Food Desert

The Salvation Army’s Mobile Food Pantry rolls out Monday - February 28, 2022

                    WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2022) - There’s a desert in Sedgwick County, but it isn’t marked by sweltering temperatures or vast stretches of sand. Instead, one in eight residents face a “food desert” making up nearly 44 square miles of Wichita, meaning they lack access to an adequate selection of healthy food.

The Salvation Army is meeting the challenge of the Wichita Food Desert head-on with the support of multiple community partners. On Monday, February 28, the Mobile Food Pantry will begin it’s Monday through Thursday journeys to three Wichita community centers, Goldenrod Park, Colvin, and Fairmount, in neighborhoods selected for residents’ extreme lack of access to healthier food options. The pantry will be at each stop for four hours from 2 to 6 pm each afternoon.

Current Mobile Food Pantry Weekly Schedule, 2:00pm-4:30pm (As of April 2022)
-Monday: Goldenrod Park Community Facility, 1340 S. Pattie St.
-Tuesday &Thursday: Colvin Community Center, 2820 S. Roosevelt St.
-Wednesday: Fairmount Community Center, 1647 N. Yale Blvd.

The Mobile Food Pantry will carry a selection of fresh produce, meat, milk, and other pantry staples to three community centers during the week. Also on-board, a team of volunteers and a caseworker will help make residents aware of what other social services are available to them through The Salvation Army.

“We hope this program provides immediate relief to those people living in Wichita’s food desert while we work with others in the community on a long-term solution,” said Major Nancy Powers, Salvation Army South Central Area Commander Officer of Programs. “Everyone should be able to feed their children healthy food and enjoy the benefits of good nutrition.”

        AUDIO - Check out "Wichita Weekend", iHeart Radio's local weekly public affairs program. Major Nancy Powers was the guest, Sunday 2/27, discussing the Mobile Food Pantry and other programs and services offered at The Salvation Army. 

 

The Mobile Food Pantry is made possible thanks to the support of the Kansas Health Foundation, United Way of the Plains, the Kansas Food Bank, and the Wichita Parks & Recreation Department for providing the community center locations for the pantry to make regular stops.


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