Mobile Food Pantry
Why it matters
Today, inner-city and rural neighborhoods have fewer and smaller grocery supermarkets, with poorer selections of healthy foods and higher prices than their suburban counterparts.The scarcity of large supermarkets in poor neighborhoods and the economic pressures that force low-income residents to shop in smaller stores in their neighborhoods remain significant factors in why poor people pay more for food.1
What we're doing
Ford Motor Company Fund has donated a fleet of 13 Ford Transit Connect vehicles, dubbed “Ford Mobile Food Pantries,” that crisscross local communities in Southeastern Michigan every day, collecting and distributing food to emergency services, after-school programs, senior meal deliveries and more. By collaborating with area pantries, nutritious food can get to those who need it most, despite transportation barriers.
- Integrate the mobile pantry work into other United Way for Southeastern Michigan initiatives
- Increase daily usage of the 13 Ford vehicles from 3-4 days on the road each week to 5-7 in order to serve more people