The food bank has put over 4,000 miles on the van since receiving it in February 2022. We have transported approximately 275,000 pounds of food as well!
This is a small part of the story as we make many short trips.
The van has enabled three new programs at the Food Bank allowing us to take food to people without transportation.
Our MentorKids Summer Program delivered to 62 families and our MentorKids school year up to 60 families/month!
The food bank has begun a program of delivering food to people who live in the Palomino neighborhood who have no transportation and made deliveries to their homes feeding 7 families.
Finally, the food bank now can take food to a group home with veterans.
We are planning to expand all these programs next year thanks to the van.
As you know the economy is very tight and along with our great partnership with Whole Foods the PV Community Food Bank depends on food drives within the community and the van has helped us pick up over 20,000 pounds of donations as well as 2 pallets of water (1500 lbs.) to help our clients in the summer months.
The need for food to support the community is growing and without the van we would not be able to handle the 30% growth in people requesting food we are serving.