The Mobile Summer Food Pantry delivers Fresh Produce to Kids! Improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk, and better performance in school – these are just a few of the ways in which fruits and vegetables benefit kids. According to recent studies, most children do not get the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. This summer, the Urban Mission is on a “mission” to change this by providing fresh produce to kids on a weekly basis through its Mobile Summer Food Pantry (MSFP).
The MSFP officially hit the road on Friday, June 3, visiting two locations in Wintersville and four locations in Steubenville. 140 children and their families received fresh grapes, blackberries, Gatorade, and water and had the opportunity to engage with some of our friends from the Jefferson County General Health District and the OSU Extension Office of Jefferson County.
This year, the Urban Mission is proud to partner with the Sycamore Youth Center who provides shelf stable, kid-friendly snack and food items on the pantry route. We are also grateful for Hertz/Thrifty Car Rental of Steubenville for their weekly sponsorship of vehicles to ensure the safe delivery of our produce.
The MSFP is available Friday of each week and is free of charge to children ages 1-18 on a first come first serve basis at the following stops.
Wintersville Ridgewood Place Apartments @ 11:25 am & Briarwood Apartments @ 11:55 am
Steubenville: Elmer White (North End) @ 12:20 pm & Earl Rogers Plaza (South End) @ 12:47 pm, Murphy’s Field @ 1:10 pm & a Snack Corner @ the Martin Luther King Recreational Center daily.
The MSFP will conclude on Friday, August 5th.