West Side Campaign against Hunger, A local food pantry wants to take its services on the road by rolling out a full-service food truck that will park where the neediest customers live. The campaign is planning to build a mobile pantry inside a truck that will eventually expand its reach to serve neighborhoods outside the Upper West Side. The truck would travel throughout the neighborhood, stopping at residence buildings where WSCAH has built relationships, but it could also make stops in WashingtonHeights, Inwood and The Bronx.
The custom-made, refrigerated truck will have enough room for people to choose their own food and meet with a counselor, who can sign them up for city services and programs aimed at helping low-income New Yorkers. The WSCAH pantry is set up like a grocery store so clients can select their own items during a monthly visit. Though space will be much tighter on a truck, the staff wants to replicate this “choice model” in the mobile pantry. “We’re envisioning a truck that can open on the sides so that people can make food choices from the street level,” said WSCAH policy director Hannah Lupien.
They expect to get the truck on the road sometime in 2016: LINK