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Feeding America brings mobile food pantry to Green Bay

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 7:05 AM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - There’s more goodwill happening today to make sure everyone has enough to eat -- not just on Thanksgiving but every day.

Feeding America is bringing its mobile food pantry back to Green Bay in an effort to help the growing number of people struggling now, many due to the pandemic.

The mobile food pantry will be at two locations on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M.: West High School and Edison Middle School.

People will get a box of food that’s about 30 pounds, containing about a week’s worth of food with protein, fresh produce and dairy. You’ll also get a gallon of milk.

There’s no income requirement. The mobile pantry is funded through the USDA in partnership with farmers to provide food for the hungry.

The CEO of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Patti Habeck, says this is the first time partnering with a school district for distribution.

“Many kudos to the Green Bay School District. They’re stepping up, and they’re providing the people to do this. They’re providing kind of the labor to do this. They’re piggy backing it on top of their meal distribution system. Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin, while we coordinated this, this is the first one we’re not participating with our staff and volunteers,” Habeck said.

People often arrive early and there can be very long lines. Habeck said the line of cars waiting for food and be overwhelming initially, but once the line gets moving, it moves quickly.

The semi trailers at each site have 1,000 boxes of food.

Habeck says the organization is seeing a 36% increase in the number of people needing food assistance.

“We’re also seeing that 40% of people that are receiving food are completely new to the hunger relief system and haven’t had to use it before, so it adds that extra layer of ‘How do I manage this?’ and stress on the family of asking for assistance when they’ve never had to or they used to be volunteers.”

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