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Mobile Food Pantry

About the Program

The term “Mobile Food Pantry” can be a little confusing because we do not actually deliver food to individual households. Instead, these events are hosted at various locations throughout McMinn County. Mobile Food Pantries are set up like farmers markets, and eligible households are able to walk through and select the items they would like for their families. Each household leaves with approximately 75 pounds of fresh and shelf-stable items. These events are always free, courtesy of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank!

When and Where

Mobile Food Pantries are held monthly, pending inclement weather concerns*. These events are hosted at different locations in McMinn County each month. To ensure that resources are distributed equally throughout the community, households are not eligible to attend every event. In general, households may register once every 60 days, or every other month, unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Mobile Food Pantries:

  • Saturday, February 18
  • Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday, April 22
  • Friday, May 12

*Dates are subject to change. Contact Chase Freeman at (423) 746-5232 for more information.

Households must pre-register to attend a Mobile Food Pantry. Pre-registration opens approximately two weeks prior to each event. This process helps to reduce the wait time because each household is assigned to a specific 30-minute time-slot. 

To register for a mobile food pantry event, please contact Chase Freeman at (423) 746-5232 or vista@twcnet.edu

*If we are forced to cancel an event for any reason, households who were pre-registered for the canceled event will be automatically registered for the rescheduled date and will be notified with details as soon as possible.

 Qualifications and Registration Process

Mobile Food Pantries are specifically designed to serve families living in low-income communities or who might otherwise be at risk of facing food insecurity.

To qualify for the Mobile Food Pantry, each household must be located in McMinn County and bring proof of residency to the check-in table at the event. Households must also have a qualifying income, which is determined by national USDA guidelines. A “household” is defined as all individuals living at a single residential address, regardless of whether or not all individuals living in the household are related. The “household income” is the total amount of income received each month by all members of the household.

 Note: Due to privacy and verification requirements, individuals cannot register households other than their own. Also, the individual who registered the household must be present to represent the household at the Mobile Food Pantry.