The mobile food drop program has ramped up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Food drops are scheduled two to three times a day in local “food desert” areas across all six Central Florida Counties. Second Harvest and its network of feeding partners have adapted mobile drops to have minimal contact to ensure the safety of volunteers and food recipients. Since mid-March, 108 mobile drops have provided much-needed food to furloughed workers, isolated seniors and families in need.
“In this rough time, we are going the extra mile so everyone has a plate on the table,” said Miguel, one of Second Harvest’s truck drivers.
On the day of the drop, a Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida semi loaded with fresh produce and other needed food items arrives, is unloaded and distributed by our partners’ volunteers. Once set up, families drive through a line to receive bags and boxes filled with fresh food. There are typically hundreds of families served in this way each day, at each location. It is not uncommon for the line to begin forming several hours before the distribution begins, which speaks to the urgency of need.
“I’ve noticed a lot of collaboration on my daily mobile drop,” explains Devoy, a Second Harvest truck driver. “People are coming together, caring and wanting to help to alleviate the hunger in Central Florida.”
Every bag and box of food that is distributed at a Mobile Food Drop is made possible by caring people like you, who are willing to support this cost-effective and impactful way of providing food. Now. More than ever.
20 million meals, and counting, have been distributed to date.
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