Reaching Rural Communities with Mobile Food Pantries

TUNICA CO., Miss – Mid-South Food Bank fights hunger in 31 counties across Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. A long line of families started forming hours before the scheduled Mobile Pantry began in Tunica County, Mississippi. All of them waiting on the much-needed groceries provided by the Food Bank.

Tunica County, like the majority of counties served by Mid-South Food Bank, is a rural community. Poverty and hunger insecurity are worse in rural areas than in urban communities, according to Feeding America. Tunica 10 Point is just one of our partner agencies providing food assistance in the county.

Mid-South Food Bank provides fresh produce to rural communities in our area.

People began lining up for Tunica 10 Point’s Mobile Pantry three hours before volunteers started to pass out food. That’s where we met Bridgett.

“This helps us out a lot,” says Bridgett. She’s recovering from surgery, and this program is making it easier for her to access nutritious food.

According to research from Feeding America, nearly 20% of the population in Tunica County, is facing food insecurity and 71% of the population lives within the requirements for food assistance programs such as SNAP.

Bridgett says the Mobile Pantry distributions not only help her family but many others in the county, “it especially helps the seniors in our community.”

The Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program is a way for us to provide food in rural communities because our partner agencies do not need food storage capabilities. Our trucks deliver the food the morning of the Mobile Pantry, and the partner agencies along with their volunteers pass out groceries to hundreds of households in one day.

Find ways you can support our mission under the Ways to Give tab on our website, Mid-South Food Bank: Food Distribution in the Mid-South.