Mobile Distribution Programs

We swiftly deliver fresh and nutritious food directly to clients living in areas with limited access to fresh foods.

As part of our Foods to Encourage model we are bringing in more dairy, meat and fresh produce than ever before.

While fresh food is often the most nutritious, it must be given out immediately to maintain quality. To meet this challenge we have two main Mobile Distribution Programs:

  • Food Fairs
  • Mobile Markets

These programs help us meet our Meals Per Person In Need (MPIN) county goals.

We coordinate these programs with our partner agencies and other community organizations.

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Food Fairs are held in areas where people in need have limited options for food assistance.

Each month we identify four zip codes that are in need of more food based on the following criteria:

– Meals Per Person In Need goals

– Zip codes with food insecurity rates of 15% or higher

– Zip codes with poverty level of 30% or higher

– Zip codes with unemployment levels of 15% or higher

We work with a partner agency in that community to identify 200 families who are the most in need. These families receive Food Fair vouchers. Food and household products are distributed through two types of models:

  1. Drive-Through model – individuals and families drive through a distribution line and volunteers place items in their car
  2. Walk-Through model – individuals walk through a distribution line and volunteers assist individuals receiving items in carts, wagons, or other walking carriers

In one afternoon we give out approximately 18-25,000 pounds of food and toiletry items directly to these families.

Our Programs team attends and manages these events with the help of our partner agencies and volunteers.

At Mobile Markets, we deliver food on a monthly basis to partner agencies and program partners.

Partner agencies and program partners, along with volunteers, quickly give out food to families in need. Every distribution is unique and can be set up differently depending on the needs and location of our partners.

We make almost 80 Mobile Market deliveries each month. Criteria for identifying Mobile Markets is as follows:

– Meals Per Person In Need goals

– Zip codes with food insecurity rates of 15% or higher

– Zip codes with poverty level of 30% or higher

– Zip codes with unemployment levels of 15% or higher

Agencies in both rural and urban locations benefit from the Mobile Market program. Markets can coincide with an agency’s scheduled open hours, or serve as an added resource.

Food on the Move is a direct service program for individuals living in areas of Illinois and Missouri with limited access to healthy food and resources. The goal is to increase access by eliminating transportation barriers on a more regular basis. We also hope to minimize food waste by allowing people to choose quantities and products that fit their needs. 


 Feeding America Map the Meal Gap data designates zip codes for this program considering the following criteria:

  •       food insecurity rate of 30% or greater 
  •       poverty level of 30% or greater
  •       unemployment of 15% or greater
  •       limited food access points and resources in the area

 During this pilot year, the Food on the Move trailer will travel on a designated route in specific zip codes for six months. During each stop, our team will set up for community members to receive food.

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