New Mobile Food Service in Tucson Neighborhoods

Interfaith Community Services introduces a new mobile billboard on the streets of Tucson.

ICS’ Tim Kromer says transportation — or the lack of it — can be a major hurdle for those who need their services most.

“This mobile board allows us to overcome that hurdle and get directly to the people where they live,” he says.

But Kromer says what makes the truck unique is that it has both fridge and freezer space.

“We can bring in frozen meats, dairy and chilled items in addition to the dry goods, canned goods, pasta, rice, the things you would normally get at a traditional food bank,” he says.

According to Kromer, the organization’s connection to both the Food Bank of Southern Arizona and data from the census and the University of Arizona School of Anthropology helps them focus on areas where the need is greatest.

But he says it’s their relationships with local faith communities that make it all possible

“The partnerships we have with faith communities have allowed us to use their parking spaces and volunteers so we can go to communities that people trust, so we can immediately serve those communities,” he says

The truck always returns empty after distributing all the groceries at each destination.

Kromer says the success of the mobile billboard has prompted other neighborhoods to ask for service and has sparked discussion about the need for a second truck

Check the ICS website ICSTucson.org for times and locations.

Interfaith Community Services mobile food distribution.

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