THE MOBILE MARKET
Second Harvest’s Mobile Market brings healthy food directly to high-need communities throughout the Inland Northwest. Since 2006, the Mobile Market has provided fresh produce and other groceries at no cost to families, children and seniors experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to community organizations who sponsored and hosted the events and volunteers who helped distribute the food, the Mobile Market provided food for 1.4 million meals throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho last year.
In need of food assistance? View Second Harvest’s calendar of events to see when the Mobile Market is in your area.
“I love the fresh produce. I eat a lot of salads. Whatever I don’t grow in my garden, I get here.” -Paula
“The Mobile Market saves us having to buy a lot of this stuff for food. I like buying apples, and these salads will be perfect for me and my family for a couple dinners.” -LaJean
“This could be $50 to $100 worth of food … It could really stretch a family’s budget.” -Nicholas
HOW IT WORKS
Second Harvest uses two vehicles to deliver nutritious food to high-need communities in its service territory. A refrigerated truck transports approximately 8,000 pounds of food to a central location in the community, such as the parking lot of a church, community center or business. There, approximately 20 volunteers set up and distribute the food to up to 250 families in just two hours. The Mobile Market truck serves larger populations, often in rural areas with less access to fresh produce.
A converted Spokane Transit Authority bus was added to Second Harvest’s Mobile Market fleet in 2018 and has been transformed into a walk-through market. Retrofitted with shelving and cold storage to carry fresh produce and other groceries, the Mobile Market bus is a free “grocery store on wheels” that brings healthy food to the Spokane community. The configuration of the bus allows Second Harvest to bring the Mobile Market to specific vulnerable populations, such as families with children in low-income neighborhoods and seniors living in retirement communities. The bus is designed to serve between 30-75 families at one distribution.
Want to help solve hunger? Fill out an application below to sponsor a Mobile Market in your community.
FEEDING PEOPLE WELL
Nutrition educators and volunteers trained as Nutrition Ambassadors work alongside the Mobile Market to offer food samples, cooking demonstrations, recipes and other nutrition education to people at these food distributions. Nutrition education interventions like these encourage fresh produce consumption and help move people from hunger to health and self-sufficiency.
Passionate about making healthy eating accessible to all? You can join The Kitchen as a Nutrition Ambassador and help provide nutrition education at Second Harvest events.
Feeding Eastern Washington and North Idaho
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