Story by Gregg McQueen
A new food truck has arrived uptown – and on its menu is a novel mission.
In order to help reduce hunger in Northern Manhattan, a coalition of organizations has gone mobile.
West Side Campaign Against Hunger, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Holyrood Episcopal Church, CHALK and the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) have all teamed up to launch a mobile food pantry.
A food truck will distribute free healthy grocery items outside of Holyrood Church, located at 715 West 179th Street, on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To receive food, families must pre-register with Holyrood or DWDC. Additionally, they must have a place to cook the food and be in need of additional food to eat.
Recipients are able to fill a bag with items from all major food groups, including fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and dairy.
“Instead of people coming to food, we want to bring food to where the people are,” said Erika Freund, Mobile Pantry Start-Up Manager for West Side Campaign Against Hunger. “We’re showing respect for customers by bringing them choice, and allowing them to select items that they want, rather than handing them pre-selected groceries.”