Food Bank for the Heartland Coming to Mason City on Thursday

MASON CITY–Food Bank for the Heartland is committed to helping families and individuals struggling with food insecurity. The Food Bank will host a free mobile pantry in Mason City, Nebraska on Thursday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. The mobile pantry will take place at the Mason City Baptist Church located on 687 Prentiss St.

The one-day distribution will provide much-needed shelf-stable products such as bread, canned fruits and vegetables, along with assorted produce and bakery items. Items will be directly placed into vehicles. Recipients are asked to stay in their vehicle with the trunk open. The pantry is available to anyone living in Custer County and the surrounding communities. No identification is required to receive food.

Volunteers will distribute over 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items and 2,000 pounds of fresh food including produce and bread, which is enough to serve 96 households.

According to Feeding America’s 2021 Map the Meal Gap study, approximately 12.9% of the population in Custer County are at-risk for hunger. There are nearly 207,000—or 1 in 9 people—struggling with food insecurity across the 93 counties served by Food Bank for the Heartland.