Help Us Fund The Food Express - Mobile Meal Bus!

Posted on May 01, 2018

Food insecurity = being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. 

  • In the US, 1 in 6 kids suffers from devastating food insecurity. 
  • In Fresno County, 1 in 3 kids suffer from food insecurity. 
  • In select neighborhoods in Fresno, 3 out of every 3 kids suffer from food insecurity.

Every single child in Fresno should have access to nutritious food. How difficult it is for you to succeed if you’re hangry? Our community’s kids need our help to succeed and to thrive in this difficult environment. This crowd-funding campaign is to share an opportunity make a phenomenal impact by providing meals during school breaks to kids stuck in poverty and without access to food. If the neighborhood is unsafe, the kids cannot get themselves to our fixed food serving sites, so we have to go to them.

Last year, Fresno EOC Food Services, Sanctuary & Youth Services, along with volunteers, piloted a mobile meal delivery system to take USDA-funded meals to children who couldn’t access food. We had three pop-up mobile meal stops during the summer and served 4,000 meals. Having a mobile bus would allow us to operate with less set-up time and we could serve ~20,000 meals a summer to children in need ages 1-18.

Together with your support, Fresno EOC Food Services and Sanctuary programs will use the Food Express to deliver meals, personal hygiene products, books, and other resources to the children living in both the food and book desert in our own backyard.

Fresno EOC Food Services program can fund this program going forward but we need your help with the up-front capital costs of purchasing and converting a bus to a mobile meal bus. This cost is $90,000. We have been blessed by an initial $10,000 pledge being provided Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino. Now we are contacting other community leaders, members, and business people who have a vested interest in food, in children, or in our community. Will you join us? Please join the campaign and work with us to ensure that children stuck in poverty know we can bring their summer meals to them.